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Shared parenting becoming more common

Illinois parents are developing new ways to raise their children after a divorce. In the past, it was common for fathers to see their children on weekends or other designated times. Today, it is more common for parents to work together to raise their children like they did when they were married. More than 20 states are considering legislation that would require parents take this collaborative approach.

Kentucky and Florida passed laws in the past year that would made shared parenting the default option when a marriage ended. The Florida bill was vetoed while the Kentucky bill makes equal parenting time and custody the default option while a permanent order is being created. Father's rights advocates have pushed for reform of what they see as an unfair system over several years. Lawmakers are generally accepting of reform in an era where gender equality has become a priority.

However, women's groups are not necessarily excited about the possibility of shared parenting. They feel like it may give more power to abusive partners, which may make it harder to take actions that are in the best interest of the child. Furthermore, such groups believe that shared parenting may mean the end of child support payments, which may present financial challenges.

The end of a marriage may change a relationship between a parent and child. However, an attorney may help an individual create a parenting plan with his or her former spouse or review one that already exists. Parents are generally entitled to contact with their children regardless of how the other parent feels as long as it is in the best interest of the child.

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