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children of divorce, protecting children, Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney,Illinois family law covers a wide variety of cases involving spouses, children, and other family relations. While many family law cases involve divorce, child custody issues, and child support matters, other types of cases may focus on domestic violence, child abuse, or child neglect allegations. If you are concerned about your child’s well being, or if you are facing allegations of child neglect, it is imperative that you act quickly in order to ensure the safety of your children. An experienced attorney in DuPage County can help you take the necessary steps to help you understand how to protect your children from neglect.

Definition of Child Neglect

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) defines child neglect as “a parent or responsible caretaker fail[ing] to provide adequate supervision, food, clothing, shelter or other basics for a child.” This definition centers on the care, or lack thereof, for a child. A child’s caretaker, most commonly his or her parent, is legally responsible with providing basic, reliable care. When the parent fails to provide that necessary care, he or she could face serious legal consequences.

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Illinois child custody attrorney, Illinois family law attorney, best interest of the child,Family law issues arise for a wide variety of reasons. Often, these emotionally charged cases create contentious issues that remain throughout the case. In some cases, these issues may even revolve around allegations of abuse or other types of familial misconduct.

When child abuse is present in your child custody case, certain legal considerations must be made. You may want to pursue a sole custody petition in court. A child custody lawyer can help you make tough custody decisions in the best interests of you and your child. An experienced family law attorney can also help you understand your rights and responsibilities throughout the process, and will advise you on the best course of action to resolve the issues you face.

Different Types of Child Custody in Illinois

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child custody, Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois child custody law, physics and children Physicist Andres Gomberoff believes that science can help resolve child custody arrangement questions. Gomberoff, who has two ex-wives and a current girlfriend, was searching for a way to optimize time with children while still allowing for alone time.

Bigger and blended families may be stuck juggling a variety of schedules that don’t make the most sense for any of the parents or the children. To find the best visit schedule, Gomberoff applied the same process that is used to minimize magnetic material in a spin-glass system.

Gomberoff recruited friends in an effort to use mathematics and physics to see whether there was an optimal approach to generating visitation schedules. They used examples from a network of friends who had children and exes. While he and his team discovered that there was no way to satisfy every parent, applying physics did help to reduce the number of unhappy couples. In their research, the team found an algorithm that allows every parent all of their own children on the same weekends.

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illinois divorce lawyerYou only get one chance with children. There are no redo's. So what you say, do and how you act during your divorce both in front of your children and to your spouse is vitally important to your children's future.

How so, you may ask? All of our lecturing to our children, if contrary to our actions, has little effect on them later in life.

Lead by Example Not Lecture

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Historically, parents in Illinois have no legal responsibility for intentional damages caused by their children.

Vandalism, stealing from stores, or injuries to others caused by a child was not the responsibility of a parent. The only exception was where the child was an employee of the parent or acting on behalf of the parent. For example, if the parent told the child to do the wrongful act or to run an errand which resulted in damage to another person or their property.

In 2005, the Illinois Parental Responsibility Law was enacted to make parents at least partially responsible for wrongful acts of their children. Under the new law, a parent may be responsible for the wrongful acts of the child who it is at least 12 years old, but not yet 19 years old, but only for a child's "willful or malicious acts" which cause injury to a person or property. A willful act is one done intentionally and a malicious act is one done intending to do harm.

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