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Shielding children from the emotional consequences of divorce

49451774_S.jpgDivorce negotiations can be challenging when potentially volatile issues like alimony and property division are discussed. However, divorcing parents in Illinois and around the country are usually able to suck it up and discuss child custody and visitation arrangements in a more productive way. This is because most parents want their children to be happy, and shielding them from the emotional trauma common in divorce cases is often paramount.

Bitter child custody battles can take a heavy toll on parents and children. However, a co-parenting arrangement can make the process much easier. Co-parenting works best when rules and punishments are consistent because a cooperative approach is ultimately better for most children.

What to know about child custody transfers

67009510_S.jpgChild custody is among the most contentious issues that parents in Illinois or elsewhere may face. Even those who are able to resolve financial or other issues on their own may need help when it comes to child custody matters. Many times, parents will create a specific schedule that outlines where, when and how a child is to be transferred from one parent to the other.

However, it is possible that disagreements or other problems come up related to a child custody schedule. It is important that parents manage these disagreements as children who see their parents fighting could experience emotional or other problems. In some cases, a parent or child could face physical harm or even death during a child exchange. Therefore, it may be necessary to involve law enforcement or other neutral parties during the transfer process.

There are mandatory report requirements for domestic abuse

51187929_S.jpgIllinois has mandatory reporting requirements when it comes to domestic violence. Essentially, health care providers are required to report potential domestic abuse cases to local law enforcement. If someone who is required to file a report does not do it within a specific time period, he or she could be charged with a misdemeanor.

Those who are required to report potential cases of domestic abuse vary by state. In Illinois, any person who is certified or licensed to provide medical care is required to notify law enforcement about potential domestic abuse. The report needs to include the patient's name, the injuries they suffered and the name of the abuser if it is known. If more details are available, the report should also include them. Health care workers may not have to tell patients about the report; however, if the report is to be sent out, the patient must be informed so that they can prepare to speak with law enforcement. The only exception to this rule is if telling the patient about sending out the report puts him or her in danger.

Sarah Palin's son in second custody dispute

61314081_S.jpgIllinois residents may be interested to hear that Sarah Palin's 27-year-old son Track may be back in court soon. The former vice presidential candidate's son has a newborn child with his ex-girlfriend, and the mother has filed for custody of the child in a court in Alaska. Palin has previously been involved in another child custody dispute, this one with his former wife over their daughter.

In January 2016, Palin was arrested following a domestic dispute involving his ex-girlfriend. He was charged with domestic violence assault, interfering with a domestic violence police call, and possession of a weapon while intoxicated. The first two charges were later dismissed. He pleaded guilty to the third charge and agreed to take part in a therapy program. After the arrest, his ex-wife successfully changed their custody agreement, limiting the time he is allowed to spend with his now 4-year-old daughter.

Enforcing child support payments in Illinois

54027632_S (1).jpgChild support can be arranged either through a court order or an agreement made by a couple during a divorce. However, just because parents owed support it does not mean that they will always receive it. When an individual fails to meet the obligations, it may be up to the custodial parent to determine the location of the non-paying parent.

The good news is that there are local and federal government agencies, such as the Federal Parent Locator Service, that exist to help parents locate individuals who fail to pay child support. Once a person has been located, there are a variety of penalties and inducements that can be used to get someone to start paying, including wage garnishments and putting liens on their property.

Hair stylists to complete domestic violence training

21258763_S.jpgDomestic violence intervention has been delegated to an unconventional professional group in Illinois. Cosmetologists and other workers within the beauty or barber shop business sector have been delegated to help save lives. Hair stylists generally offer more than hair treatments and styles to uplift their clients' spirit. Most lend a listening ear to the woes that some of their clients face while involved in a violent relationship. Although this type of sympathetic listening provides some relief to a client, salon workers will now be required to complete one hour of domestic violence training starting in 2017.

While many stylists may have innate skills to sense that something is not quite right with their client's situation or have offered advice for many years, domestic violence training will increase awareness about specific signs that a worker should look for. Instead of hoping things will get better or remaining silent, a salon worker will be empowered to offer recommendations for safe havens.

New child support regulations for prisoners

57095872_S.jpgThe obligation to pay child support does not stop once an individual becomes incarcerated. A survey conducted in 2010 reported that 51,000 federal prisoners had child support requirements, and 29,000 of those prisoners were delinquent on those payments. Incarcerated individuals in Illinois and the rest of the country may benefit from recent regulations issued by the Obama administration to curtail state policies that can result in substantial child support debts for prisoners.

The new regulations were created by the Administration for Children and Families and will mandate that prisoners are allowed the option of seeking to pay a lower amount of child support while they are incarcerated. The purpose of the regulation is to prevent inmates from having to struggle to repay large debts after they are released from prison, the failure of which could lead to re-incarceration. The rules are part of President Barack Obama's effort to reform the criminal justice system in the United States and to provide released inmates improved chances at successfully reentering society.

Petition for more child support filed against Sherri Shepherd

37197042_S.jpgFans of Daytime Emmy Award winner and television personality Sherri Shepherd may be interested in knowing that she may soon be heading back to family court. According to reports, the Illinois native's former husband and father of the ex-couple's young son, Lamar Sally, is seeking an increase in child support as well as an additional $75,000 in order to cover his associated legal fees.

The previous support order was based upon Shepherd's earnings of an estimated $1.2 million per year. Sally believes that this figure has now increased to at least $3 million per year and is probably more. Sally, who works as a substitute teacher earning less than $187 per day, also says that the minor child suffers from a genetic disorder that requires frequent medical care.

Parenting during the holidays

46795724_S.jpgDivorced parents in Illinois understand the importance of the holidays for children. It is a time of year in which families come together, something that can be difficult for children of divorce. In most cases, divorced parents want to do the right thing and create a happy holiday for the kids. This will generally mean negotiating parenting time and ensuring that children have ample access to each side of their family.

Unfortunately, sometimes these good intentions aren't enough. Misunderstandings and confusion can put a damper on the holiday spirit. That is why many experts recommend carefully planning holiday arrangements so that everybody knows what to expect.

Dividing marital property

60259145_S.jpgIf you are preparing to divorce in Illinois or Missouri, you will likely need to contend with how to divide your assets. Courts divide marital assets equitably, which means in a manner that judges consider to be fair. This may mean that the assets in your marriage will not be divided equally between you and your spouse.

If you have been married for a long time, you may have built up substantial assets. Complex property division involving substantial holdings may require you to understand the potential tax implications involved with different types of divisions, how to divide retirement savings and other issues. Even if you have been married for a short period of time or do not have substantial assets, how you divide your property may still be at issue in your case.

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