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DuPage County divorce attorneys, divorce process, children and divorce, divorce and communication, parental separationGoing through the process of divorce can be an incredibly difficult time for families. Parents may face the prospects of a new life away from their partner, while children struggle with the separation of their parents. In many cases, divorce can be especially painful for children. For both young and adolescent children, divorce represents a massive change in life. Children are forced to accept the separation of their parents, an alteration of their standard living situation, and the potential for new spousal figures in the future.

Long-term mental health ramifications for children going through a divorce can include depression, paranoia, and anxiety. In severe cases, these symptoms can manifest into substance abuse, eating disorders, and even self-harm, later in life. For these reasons, and many more, it is crucial that parents understand how to help their children come to terms with the divorce. Consider the following tactics geared to help you help your children through the divorce process.

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custodial court hearing, single father, DuPage County family law attorneys, divorce settlement, divorce processDespite widely held misconceptions that fathers cannot be awarded custody during a divorce settlement, fathers do end up with custody of their children in many cases. While the vast majority of courts will lean towards joint custody as the optimal parenting strategy after a divorce, it is unlawful for courts to show bias against fathers looking to gain sole or substantial joint custody.

Inherent biases, however, can still find their way into courtrooms, and fathers still seem to struggle to gain custody at the same rate as mothers. According to the United States Department of Commerce, roughly 17 percent (or one in every six) of custodial parents are fathers.

If you are in the midst of a divorce settlement, it is important to know how to prepare yourself for the courtroom. Preparation is especially critical for fathers fighting for substantial custodial privileges. With that in mind, listed below are simple tactics that can help you prepare you for a custodial court hearing.

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Ending a marriage has the potential to make things a little tighter financially, at least for a little while. Trying to maintain the same lifestyle after a divorce can be more challenging, since the individual has only one income to draw from instead of two. Recent changes in tax law can also affect strategy for individuals during property division in divorce. Individuals in Illinois who are contemplating ending a marriage may also want to consider how their long-term retirement needs will be affected.

Households that have been through a divorce face a higher risk of being unable to maintain their current standard of living in retirement. The reason is simple: sharing household expenses makes life more affordable. However, careful planning and management of assets can aid individual households after divorce.

Divorces that are finalized after the new alimony rules take effect next year may see changes. Since the lower earning spouse may find him or herself in a much lower tax bracket due to not having to claim alimony as income, it may be to his or her advantage to receive investment assets rather than the marital home during the settlement of the divorce. These assets, if they come as traditional retirement assets, may be more easily converted into a Roth IRA that can offer additional tax benefits.

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Some people may reflect on the end of a marriage as a personal failure. However, experts challenge people to reframe the concept of marriage and divorce. A marriage that ends in divorce may be considered successful if it has helped both parties grow as individuals. When an individual in Illinois contemplates divorce, he or she can feel that the move is a success and may then be able to focus on the strategies of effectively closing out a marriage.

Some couples therapists share the opinion that marriage is designed to help people grow, and that the result of that growth for some individuals is that they grow out of the marriage. There are a myriad of reasons why a person would choose to move on rather than spend time working on repairing the relationship. He or she just may not have the time, energy or mental bandwidth to go on with the same person, and another approach may be a better fit.

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One of the biggest questions parents struggle with during a divorce is, "Will I lose time with my kids?" Shared custody may feel like an appropriate choice to address this concern, and indeed it is a valid choice for many families in Illinois. Still not sure if it's the best option for your family? Here's a few things to consider for your child custody agreement.

Shared physical custody allows both parents to spend approximately equal time with their children. This can be a good option for families that have both parents actively involved in child rearing. However, in situations where one parent took on the primary role of care giver while the other remained less involved, shifting to a situation where the less-involved parent is expected to increase the level of involvement might be difficult.

Even if both parents played active roles in their children's lives, they each should also consider their relationship with their ex. If their divorce was excessively difficult and a significant amount of animosity toward one another remains, sharing custody can be stressful for their children. Significant differences in parenting philosophies may also cause issues with this type of arrangement.

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