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Advocates push for mandatory 50/50 parenting time

Divorce is a big decision. Even when it is the right decision, it still involves a significant change in the lives of the spouses. When children are involved, the parents are not the only ones that have to adapt to a new future. Making sure that decisions are made with the best interests of the children in mind can help both during transition and post-divorce.

International custody battle returns boy to Illinois ... for now

In the latest chapter in a complicated international custody case, the mother of a 6-year-old boy could get the best Christmas present possible: her son. A federal court ruled recently that the boy, who has been living with his father in Ireland, must return to Illinois to live with his mother.

Making the best of a custody arrangement during the holidays

In the years following an Illinois divorce, many families struggle with adjusting to the new structure of the holiday season. Parents can have difficulties accepting that they will lose a measure of time with their children during the holiday season, and struggles over how that time will be divided is an issue within many families. However, there are tactics that parents can use to ease the stress of accommodating a custody arrangement at this time of year.

Illinois and child support: When is 58 percent good enough? p4

We are still talking about the difficulty of enforcing child support agreements. If a noncustodial parent fails to pay, the custodial parent can go to court, certainly, but Illinois has had a poor track record of enforcing those court orders.

Illinois and child support: When is 58 percent good enough? p2

We are picking up the discussion from our Nov. 14 post. The subject is nonpayment of child support here in Illinois. The state Department of Healthcare and Family Services has been doing a better job of collecting and disbursing support payments from recalcitrant noncustodial parents, but "better" means moving from collecting 55 percent of what was owed in 2008 to collecting 58 percent in 2012 -- and those percentages only represent cases handled by the department. That leaves a lot of families without the income they need to make ends meet.

Understanding child custody in Illinois

For Illinois parents, going through a divorce can be nerve-racking. For many parents, child custody is the most important part of their divorce, but many people are unsure of the process itself. While every case is different, the state of Illinois provides clear and helpful information about the different types of custody and how child custody is determined.

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