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Illinois child relocation attorneysLearning that the other parent of your child wants to relocate is a lot like a punch in the gut. Your child, whom you may only see part of the time, could move, perhaps hundreds of miles away. If the relocation is a success, you know that you will see your child less often. The after-school stops for ice cream will end. There will be no more pickups from dance class when your ex-partner is stuck at work. Thankfully, you can attempt to stop a child relocation before it happens. The following information explains further.

An Overview of the Relocation Process

Unless the other parent will be moving a short distance (limits are based on state and county laws), they must notify you, in writing, of their desire to move. Included in their notice should be information on when they intend to relocate, the address to which they are planning to relocate, and the duration of the relocation (some may be temporary). That notice is also filed with the court clerk. If you consent to the move, you can file a response letter with the court, giving the other parent permission to relocate. If you do not consent, you can contest the move, which places the decision in the hands of the court.

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Illinois family law attorneysIn Illinois, divorcing parents must determine the allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as custody) and parenting time (formerly known as visitation) will be split among them. Unfortunately, this sensitive matter can create a lot of tension, and parents may struggle to come to an agreement. If this happens, the decision may be left up to a judge. Learn more about how child-related matters are decided upon in an Illinois divorce, and how an experienced attorney can help with your case.

Parents Usually Start with a Parenting Plan

Typically, the first step in determining the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time is the completion of a parenting plan. Done either jointly or separately, this plan must be submitted to the court within 120 days of the divorce petition (unless an extension is filed). If parents are unable to agree, they may attend alternative dispute resolution (i.e. mediation) to work out their differences.

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Illinois family law attorneysBlended families come in all shapes and sizes. Each one is unique, but they all have one thing in common: shared children. It is the best interests of these children that should take precedence in all that the families say and do. One family is setting the example by showing up to soccer games in customized, blended family jerseys. How are they making it work, and how can you adapt their style to fit your family? The following explains.

Remember to Be Mindful of the Child’s Comfort Level

Although a new relationship may be the last thing on the mind of some divorcing couples, others have been working on their transition for years. As such, they may already be romantically involved with someone else. Unfortunately, children can find these new relationships jarring, painful, or even traumatizing. The effect is heightened if they have not yet had the chance to adjust to the divorce. So, regardless of where parents are at in their new relationships, it is crucial that they stay mindful of their child’s comfort level.

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Illinois divorce lawyersDivorce can bring on a confusing mix of emotions and high levels of stress. Often, this is because couples are not certain of what to expect during the process. Rest assured that, although every divorce is unique, many contain similar aspects. Though complex and different in their application from one divorce to the next, understanding these major and common issues can help reduce the anxiety that you may be feeling and prepare you for the journey ahead.

Division of Marital Assets

Unless you and your spouse developed a comprehensive, well-planned prenuptial agreement, it is likely that you will need to go through the division of marital assets. Despite common misconception, this is not a 50-50 split in Illinois. Instead, Illinois is an equitable distribution state, which means you and your spouse will split your property, assets, and debts in a “fair” manner. What equitable means will vary from one couple to the next, and how each couple determines it will depend greatly on their situation.

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DuPage County family law attorneysAs divorce becomes less stigmatized, and families grow more aware of the negative impact that family strife can have on children, more couples are opting for unconventional post-divorce family models. Some use birdnesting. Others choose a 50/50 split on the allocation of parenting responsibilities and parenting time. Still others have separate lives but continue to have family outings and vacations together. Which option is right for your family? The following may help you decide.

Live-In Parenting Models

Some parents get along well enough that they can use a live-in model after the divorce. This can range from all-out living together as a family, 24/7, to birdnesting – a model in which children stay in the family home but parents rotate in and out. How do you know if one of these options may be appropriate for your family?

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