parental alienation, child custody cases, Geneva family law attorney, parental alienation syndrome, child custody disputes, visitation schedule, non-custodial visitationParental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) occurs when a child is being turned against a parent by the other parent, typically in child custody cases. It was officially recognized as a syndrome by forensic psychiatrist Richard Gardner, who defined it as “a disorder that arises primarily in the context of child custody disputes. Its primary manifestation is the child’s campaign of denigration against a parent, a campaign that has no justification. It is caused by a combination of a programming (brainwashing) parent’s indoctrinations and the child’s own contributions to the vilification of the targeted parent.”

Some early signs of one parent’s campaign in order to alienate the child from the other parent include:

child support, child support expenses, children of divorce, divorce settlement, expenses, Geneva family law attorney, Kane County Family Law Attorney, non-custodial parentIn child custody situations where one parent has primary physical custody, the non-custodial parent is often ordered to pay child support. In Illinois, child support is usually based on the number of children and the net income of the parent who has to pay the support.

The amount of child support for one child is 20 percent of payor’s net income. For two children the rate bumps up to 28 percent. The rate for three children is 32 percent, and for four it is 40 percent. Finally, the rate for five children is 45 percent and six or more children is 50 percent of the payor’s net income.

In order to determine what the non-custodian’s net income is, certain deductions are allowed to be taken from his or her gross income. Those deductions include federal, state, and social security taxes, health insurance premiums, medical expenses, union dues, previous support orders, mandatory retirement contributions, reasonable debt obligations, and reasonable living expenses.

Child support is the non-custodial parent’s contribution to the child’s basic living expenses. These expenses include shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and education. However, there are several other expenses parents incur raising children that, although not considered “basic” by the courts, are considered necessary expenses by parents.

child custody disputes, Geneva family law attorney, LGBT parents, Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex relationship, same-sex marriagA new review, Lesbian and Gay Parents and Determination of Child Custody: The Changing Legal Landscape and Implications for Policy and Practice, conducted by researchers from Drexel University reveals that LGBT parents still encounter bias from the family court system when it comes to child custody disputes. The review appears in the premiere issue of Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and was published by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Despite many states, like Illinois, passing laws allowing same-sex marriages, as well as last year’s Supreme Court decision which ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, parents in the LGBT community are still being denied the same legal rights as heterosexual parents.

The research team studied existing data on gay and lesbian parenting, and the majority of which concluded that children who are brought up by gay or lesbian parents are just as well-adjusted as children who are brought up by heterosexual parent.

cigarette smoking, Geneva family law attorney, secondhand smoke, child custody orders, anti-smoking group, second-hand smoke, cigarette smoke and asthma, cigarette smoke and children, Class A carcinogenAn increasing number of judges are recognizing the dangers to children exposed to secondhand smoke and are factoring in a parent’s smoking when deciding custody issues.

It is well-documented that smoking is bad for your health. Multiple studies have also proven that second-hand smoke is bad for the health of people who are exposed to a smoker’s cigarette smoking. Second-hand smoke has been labeled as a Class A carcinogen. There are more than 40 substances that are known to cause cancer. Second-hand smoke also contains substances that can damage and others human organs and tissues.

The lung growth in children can be affected by second-hand cigarette smoke which can cause pulmonary problems as they get older. Children also suffer from sore throats, headaches, irritated eyes, nausea, and dizziness from exposure.

deadbeat parent, child support, Illinois child support lawyer, child support attorneyFill in the blank, deadbeat _______. More than likely “dad” came to mind. As a play on the word association game we often assume that the fathers are the only ones skipping out on the child support. Not so fast. According to Fox News, moms can be deadbeats too. Actually the percentage of moms skipping out on their obligation is higher than the percentage of dads falling behind in child support payments.

Governor Pat Quinn and the Child Support Services of Illinois highly recommend that parents not honoring their mandated child support orders think twice. Illinois has developed several creative ways of letting yodur employer, friends and neighbors in on your secret. Governor Quinn firmly believes that every child in the state deserves both financial as well as emotional support from each parent. The first step in rectifying a delinquent order is to contact a family law attorney in your area and have the order registered with the court as instructed under Illinois Public Act 097-0926.

While it is always wise to have an experienced attorney by your side through this ordeal, the state of Illinois is willing to lend a helping hand with a few ideas of their own.

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