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Married fathers are spending more time with their kids

father's job was to provide an income for the household and the mother's role was to take care of the household. There are still many families that embrace this traditional family setup, but there are more women in the workforce now than there has even been. In addition to this, fathers are spending more time with their children.

What is Voluntary Acknowledgement of Parentage?

If you are an unmarried father in Illinois, you may need to go through several legal steps to ensure you have the rights and resources to build a relationship with your child. One possible way to solidify your rights is to sign a Voluntary Acknowledge of Parentage form. Once you sign this form, you are legally responsible for supporting your child. Understanding how the VAP process works may help you determine the best way to secure your parental rights.

PTSD and preparing for a custody dispute

Custody disputes can be challenging for anyone, but some parents have an especially difficult time when it comes to preparing for this crucial family law issue. The outcome of a custody dispute can be one of the most significant aspects of a divorce, and the court's decision could have a major impact on the future of a child and both of his or her parents. If you are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder due to military conflict or any other factor (such as a traumatic car accident), it is crucial to be especially careful when approaching your divorce and a dispute over how the custody of your child will be determined.

Child custody and summer break

Parents often have many considerations when it comes to divorce and their children, from child support payments they will need to make (or expect to receive) and discussing these issues with young kids. However, custody can be an especially challenging issue for many parents for various reasons. For some parents, the summer is a great time to approach the custody process because kids are out of school. For example, sharing parental responsibilities with an ex may be easier when school obligations are not part of the picture. On the other hand, this time of year can also be challenging with respect to custody.

How can I manage debt after a divorce?

It's no secret that divorces can be expensive. This is especially true if you're ordered to remit spousal support, which can be challenging when starting over after the end of your marriage. Proper budgeting is crucial for staying current on this and other recurring payments, as explained by The Balance

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