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How violence affects co-parenting in the first year of separation

University of Illinois researchers conducted a study to determine how different types of violence experienced by women during marriage affected their ability to co-parent during the first year they were separated from their spouse. Studies have shown that the first year of separation is particularly dangerous for women who were in abusive relationships. During this time, many important child custody decisions are made, including how the children will be managed.

How to remain in a child's life after divorce

In many cases, both parents want to be involved with their children after a divorce. By being prepared, parents in Illinois and throughout the country may be able to gain maximum rights to their children even after their marriages end. Parents should be able to articulate the reasons behind any custody or visitation proposal that they submit to their former spouse. This may increase the odds that they get what they want.

Risk factors for divorce

Illinois couples end their marriages for many different reasons. However, there are some factors that make it likelier that people's marriages will end in divorce, and not all of them are ones that they can control.

How shared parenting can help children and parents

While mothers still tend to get custody of their children in over 80 percent of divorce court rulings, Illinois parents who are ending their marriage could consider another alternative. Research increasingly supports the idea that shared parenting is better for children, and it is the norm in some countries such as Sweden. Some states have passed laws that encourage this kind of joint custody while others are considering doing so.

Coparenting and consistent rules between households

When Illinois parents of young children end their marriage, they need to create consistent rules between their households. Children need this degree of stability after the upheaval of a divorce. Before sitting down to discuss these rules, parents should think about what they are willing to compromise on and what rules they can be flexible about. Older children may want to join this meeting and give some input into what the rules should be.

Avoiding a toxic relationship with an ex after a divorce

When Illinois parents of young children divorce, they must continue to work with each other in order to help raise their children. Co-parenting may be more difficult when one spouse is toxic in his or her dealings with the other parent. There are several things that parents can do to help their children and themselves when this is the case.

Joint custody increasingly preferred in family court

Illinois fathers of young children often dread divorce for many reasons. One is the fear that they may lose custody over and access to their children. There is a reason why so many unhappy marriages have stayed together ostensibly for the sake of the children, after all. However, there is an increasing preference by child development experts and even family courts for shared parenting and joint custody.

When it is necessary to get custody of a brother or sister

When a person in Illinois decides it is necessary to get custody of a sibling, there may be several obstacles in place. One will be proving to a court that the child is experiencing abuse or neglect and should be removed from the biological parents. Another will be convincing the court that a brother or sister is the best placement for the child. The person must demonstrate an ability to care for the child in a stable environment.

What to know about nesting

Illinois parents of minor children may have heard of a concept called nesting. In this type of an arrangement, divorced parents take turns living in the marital home. This allows the child to stay in a familiar environment while being able to spend time with both parents after they have divorced. In most cases, parents will rent a home or apartment to occupy when they are not living with the child.

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