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How to handle sharing a child with a toxic parent

44124375_S.jpgThere are many reasons why an Illinois parent might consider a former spouse to be toxic. Previous instances of abuse or neglecting the children may make it easy to label someone toxic. However, this label may also be applied by someone who is upset or scared about the prospect of getting a divorce. In the event that a former spouse or partner truly was toxic, there are specific steps to take to make co-parenting easier.

Research supports shared custody arrangements

61314081_S.jpgWhen Illinois parents of young children get a divorce, some might assume there will be an arrangement in which the mother gets custody of the children and the father has some visitation time. While mothers get custody in around 80 percent of cases in the United States, this is slowly changing. Shared parenting, already the norm in countries such as Sweden, is an arrangement in which the child spends roughly equal time with each parent. Missouri and Kentucky are among the states that have passed legislation to encourage shared parenting, and other states may be following suit.

Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian to continue to co-parent

22393656_S.jpgIllinois residents who follow celebrities may be aware of the messy breakup between television personality Rob Kardashian and model Blac Chyna. On July 11, Blac Chyna took the breakup one step further when she was granted a restraining order. Even so, the model said that she intended to make co-parenting with the child's father work.

About "Malicious Mother Syndrome"

Although the Malicious Mother Syndrome is not identified by the medical profession as a disorder, Illinois parents 12648784_S.jpgwho are embroiled in extremely contentious divorce or custody disputes should be able to identify the conduct. Despite its name, both fathers and mothers can exhibit the behavior, and thus it is often referred to as Malicious Parent Syndrome.

Father-child relationships are important

62831760_S.jpgIn Illinois and around the country, there has been a shift in the way people think about the father-child relationship. While mothers have often been the primary caretakers of their children, fathers have increasingly stepped into the role. In some cases, however, social attitudes have minimized men's contribution to the development of their children.

More immigrants demanding custody services

11396009_S.jpgSince the election of President Trump, many undocumented immigrant parents in Illinois fear that they may be separated from their children if they are found and deported. This has led lots of families to seek legal help with custody paperwork that involves designating other friends or family as caregivers in the event of a separation.

Fathers and shared parenting

53125400_S.jpgIllinois fathers should know that they have the right to be active in their children's lives after a separation or divorce. As data from the United States Census indicate that family courts tend to favor the mother for physical custody, it is important that fathers understand why they should continue to fight for their parental rights.

How holiday visitation and child support relate

4337560_S.jpgrMissouri parents who are divorced and dealing with issues related to child custody, visitation and support might wonder how these issues relate, particularly when it comes to holiday visitation. While in some cases, the child support order will not be affected during holiday visitations, in other instances temporary changes might need to be made.

Older siblings can obtain custody of younger one

73348926_S.jpgIn some cases where Illinois parents are not capable of taking care of their child, a sibling may attempt to get custody. However, this can sometimes be difficult as siblings are often close in age. As such, the sibling seeking custody will have to show the court that he or she is independent, stable and can financially support the child.

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