If it seems to Illinois residents that there are more families headed by single fathers than in years past, they're right. A study that came out last year found that back in 1960, less than 300,000 households in the country that had minor children were headed by an unmarried dad. By 2011, however, that number had jumped to 2.6 million. That represents an increase from 1 percent of such households 54 years ago to about 8 percent now.
Co-parenting is very difficult for many Illinois residents. Even when a divorced couple's relationship remains fairly amicable, it can be tough for exes to get on the same page when it comes to parenting. And, when the relationship between ex-spouses is adverse - as is often the case after divorce - sharing physical and/or legal custody of children is easier said than done.
When it comes to divorce decisions, child custody arrangements are always the most contentious. During this time it can also get particularly confusing as parents try to navigate the world of custody. Parents in Illinois may find themselves wondering, what is the difference between primary and legal custody? Who will be in charge of things like religious upbringing, medical decisions and extracurricular decisions?