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How to survive the holidays after divorce

The holidays are particularly difficult for divorced families and parents that share custody. For some families the period stretching over Christmas through New Year's and during their child's entire Christmas break is usually filled with friends, family and fun. However, for mixed families this time may need to be split up between parents making the time without children difficult for some. A recent article published suggests some simple but effective methods to making it through the holidays for parents that must share custody of their children.

Residency issues may be easier in a collaborative divorce

Each state has its own set of rules regarding residency prior to and during divorce. For the great state of Illinois, divorcing individuals need only 90 days of residency prior to filing for divorce. While three months may not seem like a long time, for some struggling marriages it is a lifetime. Fortunately, the divorce process as a whole may be made easier through a collaborative approach.

What does child support actually cover?

Regardless of the fact that child support has been around since the beginning of divorce, some parents still do not understand what child support is supposed to cover. While many people believe that child support payments are designed to go exclusively to a child's basic necessities, the truth is, they are actually designed to cover many different expenses.

What does child support actually cover?

Regardless of the fact that child support has been around since the beginning of divorce, some parents still do not understand what child support is supposed to cover. While many people believe that child support payments are designed to go exclusively to a child's basic necessities, the truth is, they are designed to cover many different expenses.

Affairs don't change property division

Divorce has a way to bring out the very worst in people but divorces brought on by a spouse's infidelity can intensify it dramatically. Many times when a spouse has been cheated on, they tend to bring up their partner's infidelities to their attorneys or even the family court judge. It is not uncommon for spouses to think that their soon-to-be ex's behavior somehow disqualifies them from a fair or equitable property distribution. As much as the victims of unfaithful spouses probably wish it did, it doesn't. And generally speaking, the family court will not consider a spouse's misconduct when doing so.

If I move out can I still get custody?

Chances are if you are worried about custody and thinking about moving out; the marriage is not going so well. And although it is pretty typical for one parent to leave the marital home during a divorce, it might not be such a good idea. If the home situation is hostile, you may think that separating from it is in the best interest of you and your children's mental and emotional well-being. However, leaving the home prior to divorce may come back to hurt you when it's time to discuss custody.

Low-conflict parenting may help children become more successful

Divorce has a way to bring out the worst in people. Many times a lengthy and exhaustive courtroom battle leaves parents with less than their best for their children. With some divorces extending on past the one-year mark, it could mean a lot of time spent in high-conflict zones at home. According to a recent study, a child's success in life may hinge on how much their parents have in common and how much conflict they experience at home.

Irreconcilable differences to be the only grounds for divorce

Illinois divorce law has not seen a major revamping since 1977. Marriage and divorce practices all over the nation are changing, and many thought Illinois was long overdue for one. As part of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, Illinois is abolishing all the old grounds for divorce but one: irreconcilable difference. As the News Gazette reports, irreconcilable differences will be the only acceptable grounds for divorce.

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