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Should I spend Christmas with my ex for my kids?

Have you gotten divorced in Illinois this year and are now facing your first holiday season in which your kids must split their time between you and your former spouse? Are you wondering how you can most elegantly handle this situation for you and for your kids? Those are very understandable questions.

How do I tell my kids I am getting divorced?

When a couple in Illinois decides to end their marriage, numerous concerns and questions can immediately start swirling in people's minds. If you are in this situation and you are a parent of a school-aged child, one area you will be very focused on is how to help your child through the transitions that are about to ensue. This starts first with telling your child that you are getting divorced.

Balancing summer vacation plans after a divorce

If this summer is your first big vacation or school break season after getting divorced in Illinois, you and your kids will be in for some changes. But, you do not have to let this reality turn summer vacation into a chore or a disappointment. With the right level of conscious effort on your part, it can be a fun time for your kids and a valuable way of enhancing your relationship with them.

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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