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DuPage County Child Custody LawyerFamily law can be a complicated topic. Spouses who are planning to get a divorce, parents who need to determine how they will share child custody, or other family members who need to address and resolve legal issues in family court will need to understand a variety of different laws and related matters as they work to resolve disputes and put workable solutions in place. At Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC, we work to educate our clients about the laws that apply in their unique situations, and through our blog, we provide helpful information about topics that may be important to people involved in these types of cases. We wanted to highlight some of our most-read blogs over the past year and provide updates about the issues discussed and the concerns that may affect spouses, parents, children, or other family members.

Child Tax Credits for Divorced or Separated Parents

In one of our most popular blogs, we looked at the Advance Child Tax Credit, which was available to parents for the 2021 tax year. This was a complex topic that affected many divorced parents, and the tax credit allowed parents who could claim children as dependents to receive advance payments between July and December of 2021. However, the law that put this tax credit in place expired at the end of 2021, and it has not been extended. Because of this, the Advance Child Tax Credit is no longer available.

For the tax year of 2022, the Child Tax Credits that parents may claim will return to the amounts used in 2019. While parents were able to claim a credit of $3,600 per dependent child in 2021, this amount is reduced to $2,000 for the 2022 tax year. The Child and Dependent Care Credit, which was increased to $8,000 in 2021, has been lowered to a maximum of $2,100 for 2022.

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DuPage County Family Law AttorneyThe breakup of a long-term relationship can be difficult for everyone involved, but it can be especially hard for parents who share children. If you are planning to get a divorce or are preparing to end a relationship with an unmarried partner, making decisions about how you will parent your children going forward may be one of the biggest challenges you will face. Creating a parenting plan that both parents can agree on can be difficult and overwhelming. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize conflict as you make decisions about how you will share the custody of your children, while also putting a framework in place that will help you avoid arguments and disputes in the future. 

The attorneys of Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC understand the complex and challenging issues that often play a role in matters related to child custody. We work with our clients to help them create parenting plans that are tailored to their unique needs, while also offering practical and effective advice on how to minimize conflict with their child's other parent. Our goal is to help parents resolve disputes as amicably as possible while ensuring that they will have the tools and resources they need to provide for the best interests of their children in the years to come.

Understanding Parenting Plans in Illinois

In divorce and child custody cases, parents will need to make decisions about a variety of key issues related to their children. When it comes to child custody, there are two main issues to address: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody (sometimes known as visitation) details where the children will live and which parent they will primarily reside with, as well as when they will spend time in the care of each parent. Legal custody deals with decision-making rights on matters such as education, religion, medical care, and other important issues related to the child’s life.

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DuPage County Contempt of Court LawyerIn family law cases, the parties involved will often find themselves at odds with one another. Multiple types of contentious disagreements can arise, and a couple going through a divorce or parents who need to address issues related to child custody may ask a family court judge to make decisions and issue orders detailing how certain matters should be handled. However, conflicts may still continue even after a judge makes these decisions, and one party may accuse the other of violating the court's orders or failing to meet their requirements or obligations. In these situations, one party may ask that the other be held in contempt of court.

Addressing contempt in family law cases can often be a complex matter. A person who is charged with contempt may face serious consequences, and they will usually be looking to show that they did not commit the alleged violations. The other party will usually need to provide compelling evidence showing that willful violations of court orders occurred. To ensure that these matters will be addressed correctly, it is crucial to be represented by an attorney who has experience addressing contempt and other complex family law issues. At Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC, we regularly represent clients in complex divorce and family law cases. We can help you understand your rights and options, and we will work to ensure that these issues can be resolved successfully.

What Is Contempt of Court?

In the context of family law, contempt refers to willful disobedience of a court order. This may include a failure to follow temporary orders put in place while a divorce or child custody case is pending, as well as violations of legal obligations that will apply after a case has concluded. Since a settlement created by spouses or parents or a judgment put in place by a judge will be legally binding, violations of these orders may result in a person being held in contempt of court.

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Elmhurst family law attorney for domestic and international adoptionChoosing to expand your family through adoption is a choice that greatly impacts the lives of everyone who is involved. For the child, they are given a loving home and family that they would not have otherwise. For the adoptive parents, they are able to help another person for the rest of their lives and build a unique, loving relationship with this child. Your biological children will have a new sibling to bond with, and all of your other family and friends will get to create a relationship with your new child.  

Many do not realize the large number of children who are living without a family. In Illinois alone, 17,920 children are in foster care; 3,347 of which are waiting for adoptive families. Multiply this number by 50 for an estimate of the number of kids without families across the U.S., and this does not include the children across the world living in a similar situation. Adopting a child is truly a gift from one person to another, and understanding the legal process that adoption entails is an important first step in helping another child.

Is Adoption Right for Me?

Making the decision to adopt a child is a selfless choice that should not be made lightly. Many assume that adoption is reserved for couples who are unable to conceive children, though this is far from the truth. While adoption provides a means of creating a family for couples like these, many families view adoption as an opportunity to change another person’s life in the most impactful way possible. Having the desire to help another individual is a wonderful goal, but one must be truly prepared for the emotional difficulties that adoption brings along with it before moving forward with the process.

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IL divorce lawyerFor the past couple of decades, the composition of the American family has been changing. Years ago, the “ideal” family was seen as a mother and a father, happily married with two biological children, a boy and a girl, and the family dog. Now, there is more diversity within American households than ever. Many children live in households without one of their biological parents or with their grandparents, without either parent at all. Many families have now also opened their arms and adopted children from many backgrounds.

One of the most popular ways people adopt in Illinois is through the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS.) These types of adoptions occur to children who are currently in the foster system in Illinois and often have unique situations. If you are looking to adopt a child from the foster system, an Illinois adoption lawyer can guide you through the process.

Children Come From a Variety of Backgrounds

Children who are in the custody of DCFS are in the foster care system. According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, there were more than 125,000 children in U.S. foster care systems waiting to be adopted in 2018. The most important thing to realize before you make the decision to adopt a child who is in the foster care system is that these children often come with their own baggage. Children who are in the foster care system and were removed from their homes because their environment was not safe. These children often have suffered from neglect, physical violence, a parent’s drug abuse or even sexual abuse.

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