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St. Charles child custody attorneysIn many situations, a couple will get divorced while remaining remarkably civil to one another both during and after the fact. Sometimes, however, a divorce or a break up can become much more contentious. While these types of splits are always unfortunate, they can be even more so when they involve children. It is unfortunately not uncommon for one parent to make it difficult for the other parent to spend time with their child during and after a bitter divorce. If you are being denied access to your child, it is important to know your rights.

Your Rights to Parenting Time

According to Illinois law, legal parents have the rights to a reasonable parenting time with their children. This is true regardless of the relationship between the adults. Even parents who have not been given any say over important decisions for their children are supposed to have access to parenting time, assuming they do not present a danger to their children. This means that your ex-spouse does not have the right to keep you from seeing your child.

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Kane County divorce attorneyCountless factors could contribute to a couple’s decision to end their marriage and seek a divorce. Such factors may include differing views on money, a breakdown in communication, unrealistic expectations, and infidelity. Relationship experts have long recognized that having children can also affect the stability of a marriage. Many couples find that adding children ultimately makes their marriage stronger while others are driven to the point of divorce. While there is no way to know for sure what children will do to your marriage, a recent study suggests that having a first-born girl could increase your chances of divorce.

Different Studies, Different Results

Several research projects over the last few years have looked at the possible link between marital happiness and a child’s gender. A few conducted in the United States have found that parents who had girls first were more likely to divorce than those with first-born boys. Other American studies challenged such findings, but until now, there has been very little research done into how girls affect their parents’ marriages.

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Kane County family law attorneyDivorce is a difficult decision to make. Sometimes, a couple may hesitate on pulling the proverbial trigger even though they are well aware that their marriage is in trouble. If you are in this situation, a legal separation may be an idea, as you receive many of the benefits of divorce without giving up all of the benefits of being married just yet. Be advised, however, that most people “separate” colloquially, meaning that they take no steps to protect their assets like bank accounts or titles to vehicles. Legal separation, by comparison, has specific procedures that must be followed.

Changes to the Law

Before changes were enacted in 2016, legal separation was used by many couples who did not have sufficient grounds to divorce, or by couples whose religion either prohibited or frowned upon divorce. With the abolition of fault grounds, fewer people use the procedure because obtaining a divorce on the ground of irreconcilable differences is much easier than it was in the past. However, it is still the choice for many who simply cannot make the decision to divorce for whatever reason.

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