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Child Custody Archives

When divorced parents struggle to co-parent

31020940_S.jpgFor parents who choose to divorce, the wellbeing of a shared child is often the main concern. In cases where parents share physical custody of a child, it's critical that both remain committed to providing a loving, welcoming and supportive environment in which a son or daughter feels safe and comfortable. In addition to ensuring that a child has a predictable routine, proper nutrition and the creature comforts needed to feel at home in each parent's residence; a child also needs to know that his or her parents are committed to each other and the responsibilities associated with co-parenting.

4 ways to make custody exchanges easier (on you and the kids)

25355615_S.jpgSharing custody of your children with another parent after divorce can be enormously difficult, whether the split was contentious or not. Divorced spouses often prefer to avoid seeing or speaking to each other after they are no longer married, but parents who share custody of a child still have to communicate, and they still have to see each other during custody exchanges.

How prepared are you to co-parent with your ex?

17190683_S.jpgFrom sleepless nights spent walking the halls with a colicky infant to those spent waiting up for a rebellious teenager, being a parent is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging roles that an individual can hope to fulfill during his or her life. When a marriage dissolves, there's bound to be an adjustment period. In addition to adjusting to life as a divorcee, divorced parents must also figure out how to successfully and peaceably co-parent with an ex. While every individual's situation is unique, there are ways to make co-parenting easier and less stressful for everyone involved.

New app helps end squabbles over childrearing costs

13052825_S.jpgDivorce is meant to provide individuals who no longer wish to be married a fresh start. However, when there are children involved-- for better or worse--divorced parents are forever bound to one another. Unfortunately, in cases where divorced parents aren't able to overcome and move beyond their own resentment or dislike of one another, their child will end up paying the price.

2016 signals changes to Illinois' divorce laws

8948599_S.jpgWith the start of any new year, change is a common theme. People often make resolutions to make positive changes in their lives. Exercising more, eating healthier and taking time to pause and enjoy life are all common New Year's resolutions. In cases where an individual is in an unhappy marriage, filing for divorce may also top one's list of resolutions.

Avoiding the holiday drama: practical advice for co-parents

4409757_S.jpgLater this week, families throughout Illinois and the United States will gather to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. For parents who are recently divorced or going through a divorce, this holiday season is likely to be filled with many challenging firsts including having to communicate and coordinate with one's ex or soon-to-be ex-spouse and not spending the entire holiday with one's children.

How interstate custody can affect your life

8183289_S.jpgWhen a married couple has a child and they decide to file for divorce, things can become very complicated. Custody of the child will obviously be at the top of the list of issues that need to be handled in the divorce. While there are some couples who contest custody, many others are able to agree to some form of joint custody.

Are siblings always a package deal in child custody cases?

12851838_S.jpgWhether you live here in Illinois or anywhere else in the United States, child custody disputes are often complex. Courts try to make custody decisions that reflect the best interests of the children, but those interests can change as the children get older. Even then, for better and worse, it is often difficult for the non-custodial parent to alter the custody arrangement without the cooperation of the parent who has primary custody.

What is parental alienation and how can I avoid it?

11361396_S.jpgIn any divorce where children are involved, protecting their interests and sheltering them from the turmoil are arguably the two most important goals. Even if parents were never married but are nonetheless involved in a custody dispute, children should never be put in the middle.

Study supports joint custody as healthy option for kids

20360301_S.jpgIn discussions about what is best for children after a parental divorce, assumptions sometimes get more weight and credibility than they should. For instance, shared custody has been growing in the United States, including here in Illinois, but it is still not as common as it is in some other countries. And a frequent argument against shared child custody is that kids would turn into "suitcase kids" - forever bouncing back and forth between homes with no sense of stability.

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