When two parents decide to divorce, how they break the news to their children and how they go about setting up visitation schedules afterwards can be crucial. This is one area where parents certainly want to put a lot of planning into in order for their children to not harbor any resentment later on down the road.
When it comes to applying for financial aid, divorced parents often struggle when it comes to who should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as FASFA. Should it be the custodial parent? Does who pays child support play a role in who should file? What about a stepparent? Should there information be included?
While some couples may be able to keep their cool -- or even get along -- during a divorce, when it comes to child custody decisions no two parents should ever just assume that they are always going to continue to agree on everything when it comes to raising their children. Even if the divorce went smoothly, issues can still arise in the future.
It is hard to not continue to hold a grudge after a divorce in Illinois. Maybe there were hurtful things said during the divorce? Or maybe there was a bitter child custody dispute where each parent wanted sole custody, but now each are sharing responsibilities with joint custody and co-parenting? Whatever the case may be, having to continue to communicate in a civil manner can be downright impossible for some divorced parents.
Parents in Illinois who are preparing for divorce should know their children are going to have lots of questions. Some of these questions may be hard to answer as the kids could be visibly upset. However, to get through these questions, parents should pay attention to what the children are really looking for, which is typically affirmation not the actual answers to why mom and dad are splitting up.
In our last post we talked about some divorce trends that many Illinois residents can relate to. These trends include the fact that the overall divorce rate is actually declining, that many older Americans are the ones filing for divorce, and that there are factors -- many times outside of one's control -- that lead to divorce.