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Communication with an ex-spouse is key to parenting

Being a divorced parent can be frustrating and emotionally draining. However, when both ex-spouses take the time to learn to let go and forgive, children can benefit from having grounded parents. Of course, this isn't something that happens overnight, but rather something both spouses have to work on.

Make sure to protect yourself in divorce too

When talking about divorce, we often think of the couple who is fighting over every dish, knife and bowl in the house. These are the people who go through a contentious divorce where every aspect of child custody, child support, property division and alimony is fought over in the courtroom. However, the truth is that not all divorces go like this. Rather, some go out of their way to be nice and courteous, and even end up financially hurting themselves in an attempt to not rock the boat.

Fathers are awarded child support too

In the context of talking about child support, many people assume that the mother is the custodial parent, and the father is paying child support on a weekly or monthly basis. However, this is not always true and there are plenty of situations where a father has custody and receives child support from the mother.

Do you think 35 percent of parenting time is enough in Illinois?

Many dads want equal parenting time. Yet, they find themselves stuck with just seeing their kids every other weekend, sparingly for a week night dinner -- and in some cases -- for a few weeks in the summer. However, the issue is no longer being brushed under the rug, and instead many states -- including Illinois -- are considering child custody laws that reflect a situation closer to equal parenting time.

Divorce planning apps offered for iPhones and Androids

Let's say you have filed for divorce in Illinois. You know you want to protect your rights as a father and you'd like to have a rough estimate of just what you'll be paying in child support -- and possibly alimony -- if it's applicable in your situation.

International child support agreement could help Illinois parents

When a parent moves out of not only Illinois, but out of the U.S., it can sometimes be particularly hard for a custodial parent to receive the child support that was previously agreed upon before the move. This leaves many fathers and mothers with physical custody in tough financial situations as they go without the necessary child support that is needed to raise a child.

House passes controversial military child custody bill

The House recently passed a bill that could end up affecting child custody for military families in Illinois and throughout the country. However, while the House did pass the bill on a 390-to-2 vote last week, it's believed that the Senate will almost most certainly not approve.

Celebrity divorces can teach Illinois residents lessons

It seems that every time we turn on the TV or radio, or happen to glance at a celebrity gossip magazine while checking out at the grocery store, yet another celebrity is getting a divorce. And while it is true that many of these scandals are filled with outlandish accusations, and at times seem to drag on forever, the truth is that beneath the surface there are lessons that Illinois residents can learn.

Property and asset division complicated among baby boomers

Recently we posted on the fact that in divorce, spouses typically want to make sure their retirement accounts are protected. However, now with more and more baby boomers getting divorced, understanding not only retirement accounts, but also how all property could end up being divided in a divorce is essential.

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