One of the biggest concerns couples with children bring to divorce is how to address custody and parenting time issues so that the children’s needs are addressed and the divorce has as little negative impact as possible. Cooperation between both parents is essential for this, regardless of what parenting time arrangement is ultimately approved.
Bias against fathers was one of the themes of a gathering of divorce parents in Lake County on Friday in Waukegan. The event, organized by a group called Illinois for Parental Equality, was aimed at raising awareness of parental rights and promoting reform in the family court system so that divorced fathers have more access to their children.
Last time, we began looking at a smartphone app marketed as helping those considering divorce to cut out the involvement of attorneys in the early stages of divorce, which is sometimes called divorce planning. Without actually taking a look at the app and seeing the features of the program and the kind of advice and direction it is giving, it is hard to make judgments about it.
Now that summer is upon us and most children are out of school for the year (or will be very soon), many families are preparing for some dramatic schedule changes. This is tough enough even if you are still married, as parents must make arrangements to have childcare for their younger children during the workday, enroll the children in activities or camps, or plan summer outings for enrichment and to keep the kids occupied over the long days ahead.
A do-it-yourself approach can work for some people for some things. Maybe you want to add a deck to your home, or do some landscaping, or remodel your bathroom. Maybe you want to build a homemade outrigger for your kayak or make your own organic toothpaste. Taking the DIY route for such matters can work out well for some, particularly when the risk of loss, injury or failure isn’t that significant and the individual contemplating the project is reasonably competent or capable.
In our previous post, we began looking at some of legal rules governing prenuptial agreements here in Illinois. As we noted, prenuptial agreements must be set forth in writing and signed by both parties. We also pointed out that premarital agreements may not deal with certain matters, but that there are a lot of possibilities in terms of what couples are allowed to address.
Last time, we looked briefly at some of the factors Illinois courts consider in the division of property. As we noted, courts do take into account the terms of any marital or premarital agreements dealing with property matters. Such agreements, of course, are quite common among celebrities and the wealthy, but they can also be useful for those of more modest wealth.