For many Illinoisans, thinking about child custody evokes images of shrill exchanges and frustrated parents. But does child custody have to be adversarial and frustrating? Is there a better way, a way that considers each parent's viewpoint and attempts to incorporate them in a manner that leaves both parents, if not happy, at least accepting of the arrangement? Yes.
For many Illinoisans with kids, one of the biggest issues during a separation is child support. Kids don't come cheap. They eat their weight in food. They outgrow clothes as fast as you can buy them. And they make other expenses like insurance and housing go up too.
In Illinois and elsewhere, divorce is not an easy time. A lot gets that thrown at a person fast, and often the person is not in the best situation for handling the onslaught. One issue that can get overlooked once the divorce has made it into the books is taxes.
Illinoisans going through the child custody process should realize that child custody is not a one-time event; it is an ongoing process that ends only after the child has become an adult. What are the stages in that process?