Living between homes requires considerable adjustment for children whose parents have divorced. They will react to the situation differently according to their age, and parents must be prepared to deal with everything from tears and whining in younger children to sulking and outright defiance in adolescents. There are many ways you can make this new chapter in young lives easier, and one is to help smooth the transition between two homes. No matter where and with whom they are living, children need a daily routine, one to which they are accustomed, and this is something parents can provide as a team.
A divorcing couple must prioritize financial responsibility, particularly when child support is required. In Illinois, the court determines the amount of child support needed based on the number of dependents and the parent's income. While child support covers several expenses, there are certain things that are not covered. If you are currently negotiating child support, you may want to know what your payments do not cover so that you can plan accordingly.
Assigning parenting time through a parenting plan is standard procedure for most divorce cases. It is a legal document that establishes obligations and rights for both parents regarding their children. An attorney can draft a parenting plan when both parents agree on parental res ponsibilities. Once a judge submits the plan, it becomes a court order that both parents must adhere to.
We have seen a number of significant changes to family law this year in Illinois. Illinois has decided to move away from the phrases child custody and visitation. In fact, those terms have been eliminated from the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. While some of the changes seem somewhat semantic in nature, the reasons for the changes are more related to the changes in family structures that exist today.