In cases involving child custody or visitation, including situations in which someone is seeking a modification to an existing arrangement, the state of Illinois requires parents to complete an authorized parenting education program. The purpose is to foster better relationships between the parents, and between the parents and their children, by providing information and guidance. Another goal of the program is to reduce the necessity for litigation in divorce proceedings.
Our servicemen and women sacrifice more than we can imagine to defend our nation, including adopting a mobile lifestyle that includes frequent relocation and long absences from home. This situation can create a number of special issues when an active duty member of the military becomes involved in a divorce or other domestic dispute. Fortunately, there are laws specifically designed to protect service members in domestic proceedings-and attorneys experienced with the specific issues that service members face.Â
As any divorced parent knows, the difficult process of ending a marriage involves even greater challenges when there are kids involved. Accounting for the needs of children in a divorce is a high priority for everyone involved, including parents, attorneys and family court officials.