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Adjusting to co-parenting after divorce

For some Illinois parents, dealing with child custody can be one of the most emotionally and practically challenging aspects of divorce. Joint custody or visitation schedules can be difficult because the parent will no longer have full-time access to the children. However, there are some guidelines that can help parents develop more successful co-parenting experiences. They should start by keeping the child's best interests in the forefront at all times.

Why there is a rise in prenups among millennials

Couples in Illinois who are in the 18-to-34 age group may be more likely to get a prenuptial agreement if they decide to get married than the same age group would have done in previous decades. While the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers reports that there has been a surge in couples asking for prenuptial agreements, the jump in younger people asking for them is more recent.

Financial surprises divorcing individuals may experience

Although the divorce rate across the nation remains at about 50 percent, many Illinois divorcees are not aware of just how much of an impact divorce could have on their finances. For women, in particular, the financial surprises can be particularly difficult to deal with once the divorce is finalized.

What happens when a parent fails to pay child support

When some Illinois parents get divorced or separate, one parent may be held responsible for paying child support. These payments are supposed to be made monthly to help the custodial parent provide for the children. However, some parents do not understand how the system works, potentially making them blame the courts for their financial situation.

Long-term view vital for effective money decisions during divorce

Unfortunately, people often make mistakes when negotiating their divorce settlements. Advice about post-divorce finances could help spouses in Illinois avoid money problems after the end of a marriage. People should focus on the future and the possibility of unforeseen life changes.

How child support relates to social services

Many Illinois single parents are struggling to get by and support their children, especially if they are making their own way without child support from the other parent. In some cases, they may apply for public assistance, especially if they are facing poverty. This can be especially likely when the other parent was previously responsible for carrying the majority of family expenses. However, when a single parent applies for government assistance and social services, one of the first inquiries he or she is likely to face from that office will be about his or her child support situation.

Less than 70 percent of child support is received by parents

Child support can help custodial parents make ends meet when they have to raise their kids alone. Despite the misconception that many single parents in Illinois live lavish lifestyles funded by their ex-spouses, the facts show the opposite. The mean amount of child support that custodial parents are court-ordered to receive is about $500 a month. More than half of the parents who are owed child support don't receive the full amount. About a quarter don't get any child support at all.

The benefits of establishing paternity

Establishing paternity is an important step that all Illinois parents should take, especially if the parents are not married. Although many parents or potential parents only think about the child support aspect, there are numerous other benefits for both the child and the parents.

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