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Orders of Protection: Know the types


Cook County Circuit Court classifies an order of protection in three various capacities based upon the imminent threat the petitioner is experiencing at the time of filing. Because of the fact domestic violence encumbers a broad range of offensives, it is impossible to unilaterally categorize everything on the same scale. When judges review a petition requesting an order of protection, many factors are involved in determining whether or not an order shall be granted, and if one is indeed granted, what type shall the petitioner receive. read more

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Mediation in Cook County Child Custody Cases


If you are in the Cook County Court system and cannot agree with your spouse or the parent of your minor child(ren) regarding custody of the minor child(ren) and issues related to visitation and removal of the child(ren) from Illinois, you may be facing a long road ahead of you.

In cases where custody of a minor child is at issue, or parents cannot agree to visitation, or when as issue exists as to removal of a minor child from the state, Cook County Circuit Court Rule 13.4(e) requires parents to attend mediation. Mediation, which is a non-binding and confidential process, can take place with a private mediator whom the parties agree upon, or through Family Mediation Services, which is free of charge to the parties. read more

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Domestic Violence in Child Custody and Visitation Cases

Domestic violence in child custody and visitation cases 

Domestic violence is a very serious problem in our society. It impacts thousands of families nationwide. These days, it is nearly impossible to check the news without confronting a story which includes domestic violence.  We come across the issue locally and nationally, making it apparent that domestic violence is very prevalent in our society.  In child custody casesCook County Court judges will strongly consider allegations of domestic violence in making their deterinations as to custody and/or visitation. read more

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