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.
Non-traditional families are becoming more traditional these days.
Exchanging children between parents can be one of the most stressful parts of co-parenting for numerous reasons. Many times victims of domestic abuse fear coming into contact with their ex as they exchange children for visitation purposes. Fortunately, places such as Children's Safe Harbor, in Rockford, IL exist to provide a neutral place for families to use when exchanging children for parenting time or visitation. The mission of Children's Safe Harbor "is to help facilitate a child's need and right to share a relationship with both of his/her parents."
Illinois lawmakers have proposed a bill that would change child custody battles if the child was a result of a rape. Lawmakers say that the bill would keep alleged rapists from seeking child custody and also keep the alleged rapist out of the child's life.
When children are involved in a divorce, their feelings can sometimes be overlooked as parents are more concerned with their own feelings. However, the direct and indirect ways in which children are affected by divorce should be handled with great care. Many things must be considered as you decide the appropriate level of openness to have with your children regarding the divorce, including the child's age, mental and emotional maturity, and relationship with both parents. Every family is different, and there is not a one-size-fits-all plan for how to talk to your children about divorce. However, the following describes a few universal recommendations for parents as they consider the best way to handle the issue of parent-child communication.
What rights do you as a grandparent have to visitation? The answer, unfortunately, is that you may have very few. Below, however, are a some suggestions to help ensure you get the most time with your grandchild.
Your ex comes home nearly every night drunk. When you were married and still living together, it wasn't much of a problem concerning the welfare of your child, since you were there to supervise the situation. Now that you are separated, you're concerned about the kids being alone with your ex. How can your divorce attorney help you? Here are a few things you may need to know: