Illinois fans of singer Chris Brown may be aware he has been involved in a custody battle with the mother of his daughter Royalty. Nia Guzman, the child's mother, asked that she be granted full custody of their daughter. She also requested that the child be banned from visiting Brown's mother, regular drug tests for Brown, and that Brown only be allowed supervised visits.
Some Illinois parents who go through a divorce are able to reach an agreement about child custody outside of the courtroom. However, many others are unable to settle disputes over physical custody and must rely on the family court system. When a family court judge is making the decision, the judge typically awards custody to the parent who is deemed the child's primary caretaker.
If you are considering divorce or are in the midst of a proceeding, it is likely that will be ordered to attend a settlement conference. Similar to mediation, a settlement conference is an opportunity for the parties to sit down and get to the heart of the issues to see if any of them can be resolved.
A successful co-parenting relationship may be the furthest thing on your mind as you prepare to get divorced, but it should be. Family court judges in Washington have an expectation of divorcing parents, and those who do not live up to it run the risk of jeopardizing their ongoing relationship with their children. Even worse, the children may be permanently affected by the ongoing war between parents.
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.
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.