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Flexible child custody and visitation plans can benefit all

When Illinois couples divorce, resolving all material issues can be challenging. Property division often brings about contention, but is usually over and done with once decisions are made. Conversely, child-related issues never actually get completely resolved because parenting goes on. Even couples who share child custody and visitation equally will likely find that parenting issues will arise as the children's needs change over the years.

Can child custody and visitation be based on intelligence?

The right to have a child and raise a family is one that is fundamental in American law. Few people even question their parental rights, and feel confident that if they provide a safe and loving home for their children, they will face no challenges to their ability to raise their kids as they see fit. There are cases, however, in which parents in Illinois and elsewhere have faced serious challenges to their child custody and visitation rights even when there is no evidence of abuse or neglect.

Case challenges gender-based parental rights

Many may believe that Illinois residents who are in same-sex marriages can face the same challenges when getting divorced as do their heterosexual counterparts. To some degree, this may be true. When it comes to identifying parental rights and associated parenting time, however, this may not necessarily be the case.

Co-parenting after divorce, does it work with young children?

Co-parenting is a term that essentially refers to a parenting arrangement after divorce that focuses on equal parental involvement. Both parents attempt to focus their efforts on the children, instead of one parent playing the role as the sole provider and the other having occasional visits. 

How do I help my kids during my divorce?

The start of a new calendar year often heralds a time of many positive changes for people in Illinois. If this year for you has brought a divorce, your new year is clearly off to a different start yet it can still be positive. If you have children, you will be interested in learning ways that you can support them emotionally as they go through this transition so that they too can start and end this year positively.

How divorced parents can help kids

Illinois parents who get divorced must often put the needs of their kids ahead of their own feelings. This may well be easier said than done sometimes when a potentially frustrating situation erupts with a former spouse. But, with a bit of consciousness and commitment, divorced moms and dads can learn to co-parent positively.

What do my kids needs in a post-divorce holiday?

If you have gotten divorced this year and are looking ahead at the upcoming holidays wondering how you will make it through, you are not alone. Countless other Illinois residents are either in your situation or have been there before. If you have children, your challenges at this holiday time can be even greater as you need to figure out how to help them navigate what will certainly be a very different type of holiday season than they are used to.

Using a parenting plan to set rules for electronic communication

If you are working out custody and visitation schedules, you will need to create a parenting plan. These plans draw boundaries, set schedules and establish various ground rules with which both parents are expected to comply. One set of rules you will want to include in the plan should refer to electronic communications.

Enforcing your parenting plan during periods of transition

This time of year, kids are gearing up to go back to school. They are getting ready for new classes, new teachers and new expectations, making this a time of great transition for them. But it is also a time of great transition for parents, as well, particularly if you are a parent who shares custody of your child with someone else.

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