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Will divorce affect your child's academic progress?

One of the biggest worries a lot of parents have when they divorce is how it's going to affect their child's ability to function in school. It's a natural concern. You know that academic success can be the basis for a future that's prosperous and happy. Failure in school can easily cut off avenues for success in life that can't be reopened.

Studies confirm that students can be negatively impacted at school by their parents' divorce -- especially if it isn't the first divorce they've gone through. However, the real damage actually starts well before the divorce.

How to stay connected to your children after divorce

If you don't have primary custody of your children after divorce, you may find yourself struggling to stay connected to them and their lives. This frayed connection can even happen when parents share custody 50-50. In that 50% of the time your kids aren't with you, you can miss out on a lot

Let's look at some ways that you can continue to have a close relationship with your children regardless of how limited your time may be with them.

How to make post-divorce life great for the kids

Is it even possible for you and your spouse to create a great family atmosphere for your children after your divorce?

Absolutely! If you think about it, some of the reasons that you ended up divorced included not being happy with your ex -- and that definitely affected the atmosphere of your home. More than likely, you and your spouse also argued in front of the kids more than you wanted -- which also didn't help create a happy home.

Challenging a speeding ticket in court

Deep down, you know the risks of driving over the speed limit. You are more likely to crash, resulting in injuries. You may have difficulty stopping in time or adjusting to changes in the road. Driving too fast can also result in a speeding ticket.

A speeding ticket may seem like a common thing, and your impulse may the to pay the fine and move on with your life. However, this may not always be the most advantageous choice. Paying the fine means you accept the charges, and that is the same as having a conviction on your record. While you certainly understand the consequences of having a serious crime such as a felony on your record, you should also know that even a traffic ticket can cause trouble for your future.

Here's the real deal about shared parenting after divorce

Shared parenting scares a lot of soon-to-be-divorced parents. The whole idea of being separated from their child for any length of time is upsetting -- and many parents start out wanting sole physical custody of their children following the divorce.

Well, sole physical custody isn't the way that the family court system prefers to handle child custody these days. There's an abundance of evidence that says that -- in most cases -- children do better when they maintain strong connections with both of their parents.

Want a good reason to get a prenuptial agreement? Here's one

A lot of couples are hesitant to get prenuptial agreements. Aside from the fact that discussing a prenup doesn't exactly set a romantic tone when you're planning your nuptials, some people feel like a prenup is akin to betting the marriage will fail.

There are a lot of good reasons to consider a prenup, but one of the most obvious ones may be the cost of the wedding itself. Unless money is no object in your pursuit of a dream wedding, you may quickly experience some sticker shock at the cost of a wedding these days.

When should you seek guardianship of a grandchild in Illinois?

Are you a grandparent who is raising your grandchild because their parents are unable to? You aren't alone. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) says that more than 100,000 grandparents in the state are in the same situation.

In some situations, grandparents are able to obtain legal custody or formally adopt their grandchildren. However, many choose to seek guardianship rights instead.

New law will make it easier on divorced women to reclaim names

When you're a woman, changing your last name at marriage is a social custom that's so widely accepted it's accomplished just by showing your marriage certificate when you update your driver's license and Social Security record.

If you get divorced, however, the road back to your previous name is not so simple. In fact, many Illinois women consider it downright intrusive and complicated -- to the point where they may put the whole thing off indefinitely rather than cope with the hassle and exposure.

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