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Parenting time negotiations can be challenging

When Illinois couples decide to separate or file for divorce, they will have to make challenging decisions, especially if they have children. While each spouse will want to make sure he or she gets a fair share of the property, most parents want to ensure that they each get to spend as much as possible time with the children. The way to work that out is by negotiating a workable parenting plan that will reflect the best interests of the child rather than those of the parents.

Child custody and the complexities of co-parenting

Divorced parents in Illinois might not have been prepared for the challenges of co-parenting. The problems do not stop when the divorce is finalized. Regardless of who has child custody, parents of young children will have to work out parenting plans to facilitate communication and decision making for years to come. If they can find a way to do that amicably, it will benefit parents and help the children to adjust to the new circumstances.

Child custody: How to deal with the threat of parental kidnapping

Parental kidnapping or custodial interference sometimes happen when parents are involved in divorce disputes. An emotionally distraught parent might take a child to another state without the consent of the other parent. This could happen before or after a court has awarded child custody, and it is a crime that could be prosecuted as a felony under Illinois State or federal law.

Getting child custody is not a right to exclude the other parent

When a divorce involves children, it can be even more traumatic than without children. As Illinois parents navigate this challenging process, it is essential to keep in mind that they will become ex-spouses, but never ex-parents, regardless of who gets child custody. Children -- especially younger ones -- may find it difficult to understand why their lives are being turned upside down, and making them the priority may help to maintain loving parent-child relationships with both parents.

Advocates ask for 50-50 child custody in Illinois

Calls are being made for modifications to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Across the country, 35 other states are seeking similar changes. The changes sought would begin proceedings with a legal presumption of 50-50 child custody. Most parents put the needs of their children first, and they will pursue an outcome that is in the best interest of their children. The same applies to family courts, which will continue to consider various factors to ensure such an arrangement will be in the child's best interest.

Shared visitation and residency -- pros and cons researched

Illinois parents who are considering divorce may be interested in the findings of a reputable international research company. After studying approximately 7,700 children, they confirmed what many family law professionals believed. Children who get to share the residences, love and attention of both parents after a divorce manage to go through life with fewer mental problems than the children of people with other residency and visitation arrangements.

Gather the necessary weapons for a child custody battle

Although more and more divorcing couples in Illinois avoid litigation, there will likely always be some breakups that are contentious and not resolvable in negotiation or mediation. Sadly, in such cases, it is often one parent who uses the children to punish the other parent and to do whatever is possible to prevent that parent from sharing child custody. In preparation for litigation, the other parent may have to go to great lengths to prove he or she is a loving and nurturing parent.

Modification of child support order is possible in Illinois

A 28-year-old Illinois father had to face the wrath of the court last month. This followed his failure to pay court-ordered child support of $200 every fortnight with additional payments toward arrears. However, when he failed to attend a scheduled child support hearing on Oct. 26, a warrant was issued for his arrest, and he is now locked up in the county jail.

Maximize child custody time with a right to first refusal clause

The primary concern for many Illinois parents who divorce might be the threat of losing a loving relationship with his or her child. Not all people realize that there are ways to maximize the time spent with their children. However, the necessary steps must be taken at the time of negotiating child custody.

Child custody and visitation and the threat of fatherlessness

Fatherlessness has been linked to many behavioral problems in children nationwide, including in Illinois. When fathers play no role in child custody and visitation, the consequences have proved to include alcohol and drug abuse, violent crime, unwed pregnancies, truancy, psychological disorders and, in some cases, even suicide -- not by the absent fathers necessarily, but by their children. Records indicate that one in every three children nationwide -- or 24 million -- live in homes where their fathers are absent.

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