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How to handle a difficult co-parent

After a contentious separation, divorced parents are still faced with the difficult challenge of raising a child together. If the split was particularly acrimonious, parents often have little incentive to work together, leading to difficult times and hard feelings. Parents who work hard to do the best for their child can often be disappointed in the efforts put forth by the other parent, especially when they miss custody appointments, skip child support payments or otherwise fail to uphold their side of the child custody agreement.

Back to school season for divorced parents

Co-parenting can be a difficult process. After a divorce, emotions can be raw and there may be little goodwill left between the two parents. The child custody proceedings will set up the framework for the relationship between parents and children. But cooperation is essential between divorced parents if they are to help their children through this potentially difficult time.

New law requires casinos, tracks to garnish for child support

The state of Illinois has specific guidelines for how much noncustodial parents should pay in child support. Those guidelines may not apply, though, if two parents have joint physical custody of a child. To see how child support guidelines work in Illinois, parents can visit our Wheaton child support site.

Are you aware of your soon-to-be ex's stock options?

When people get married, they tend to divvy up household duties such as lawn work, paying bills, grocery shopping or what-have-you. A problem that arises in divorce, then, is that one spouse has handled the financial side of the marriage, while the other spouse has essentially kept out of money matters. This happens more often than you might expect.

Actor Jason Patric seeks fathers' rights to 3-year-old boy

Movie star Jason Patric is involved in a complex child custody case that may be of interest to Illinois residents who are concerned about fathers' rights. Patric, whose movies include "Speed 2" and "The Lost Boys," is in a custody dispute with his ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber.

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