Have you ever thought about a prenuptial agreement or postnuptial agreement for your upcoming marriage or ongoing marriage? These contracts have a reputation, and that often leads to many couples ignoring their potential benefits. But times have changed, and the idea that these contracts lead to more in-fighting and are "against love" simply aren't true. People realize their utility now.
The perceived advantage that women appear to have in family court has confounded fathers for decades. However, traditional gender roles have dramatically changed as American families have evolved. More women are breadwinner (especially in single parent homes), and more men have chosen to stay home and raise kids. Moreover, there are more families where both parents work outside the home. Nevertheless, the bias and perceived advantage that women appear to have in family court has not seen such a change.
While an affair by a married person can tear his or her family apart once the person’s spouse finds out about it, there are few legal consequences for infidelity in 21st Century Illinois. For the vast majority of people, the only time cheating on their spouse might directly cost them is in a child custody dispute, when the other spouse might use the affair as evidence that the cheating spouse is not a fit parent.
You have probably heard a lot recently about social media and how it can actually influence couples' feelings about each other. Just a quick Google search will show you just how many stories are out there on the topic of the link between social media and divorce.
Traditional child custody arrangements involve sending the children between their parents' homes, whether the parents share custody equally or one parent is limited to visitation time. Recently, some divorced parents are trying a different arrangement: the children live at one home, and the parents are the ones shuttling in and out.
The troubles you had during your marriage are supposed to go away after your divorce is finalized, but if you have children with your ex-spouse, you may still have difficulties as co-parents. This may also mean that the differences you had while you were married may still exist when it comes to the kids. In fact, your ex may still try to needle you by criticizing your parenting choices and making threats about continued court intervention if you don't change your parenting decisions.
For parents getting divorced, often the most important and difficult thing to decide is what to do about the children. Sharing child custody means not getting to see your kids part of the time, but giving sole custody to one parent, with visitation rights to the other, can put a large burden on the custodial parent, and severely restrict the relationship the other parent has with his or her kids.