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Do you and your spouse struggle to balance childcare, household and work responsibilities?

According to the U.S. Census Department, as of 2012, roughly 47 percent of U.S. women age 16 and older worked outside the home. When compared to the roughly 30 million U.S. women who worked outside the home in 1970, by 2012 that number had more than doubled to 74.8 million.

Illinois fathers have parental rights too

All too often, while going through a divorce in Illinois, fathers approach child custody from the mindset that it does not really matter what they say or do, as the mother is just going to be awarded custody. Instead of fighting for equal parenting rights, many fathers just mentally prepare themselves for every-other-weekend visits, assuming their child or children will primarily live with their mother. 

The many and complex factors that lead to divorce

For couples who choose to marry, some may wonder if their marriage will be one of the 50 percent that lasts. While, when it comes to predicting divorce, there's no crystal ball; there are definitely factors that increase the likelihood that a marriage will not endure until death do us part.

Joint or sole custody: what's better for a child?

In an ideal world, a child would live with both of his or her parents and a home would be dominated by love, stability and support. Unfortunately, in the real world, an analysis by the Pew Research Center revealed that only an estimated 43 percent of U.S. children today live in a home with both parents—many of which are likely unhappily married. Today, an estimated 41 percent of U.S. children are born to unwed parents and approximately 30 percent of U.S. children live in single-parent homes.

What happens if a parent fails to pay child support?

We've previously written on the topic of child support and the basics of how support is determined and awarded. Regardless of whether a child's parents were ever married or not, every child has the legal right to receive financial support from both parents. It's important, therefore, that custodial parents take steps to secure child support payments to aid in paying for expenses related to a child's daily needs, medical care and education.

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