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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.

Some basic information on child support orders in Illinois

35010665_S.jpgWhen discussing issues like child support, emotions tend to run high. Non-custodial parents who struggle to make child support payments are often called "deadbeats." While custodial parents who seek to enforce the support order are sometimes accused of being "greedy" and vindictive.

Maturity can help in custody cases

1762068_S.jpgFor those going through a child custody case, there can often be a lot of anger involved.  In many of these cases, the parties are at odds at each other.  Both the mother and father in other words might have totally different viewpoints on what is in the best interests of the children.

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