If an Illinois parent endangers a child’s mental, emotional, moral, or physical health, he or she is considered a threat to the child’s safety and can be denied parenting time or responsibilities. If the parent is a convicted sex offender, the court may terminate his or her parental rights. Abusing family members, addiction to alcohol or other drugs, or living with a convicted sex offender are other situations that can result in parental rights denial.
Parents should strive to work together in creating a parenting-time schedule for the holidays that prioritizes the children’s best interests. They can, for instance, come up with a plan that allows them to share school vacations or alternate holidays every other year. They can also agree to divide some holidays in half, and where possible, designate fixed holidays to either party.
If a divorcing couple is willing to negotiate and work together, then collaborative divorce is the ideal legal process of untying the knot. Due to the lack of lengthy court proceedings associated with regular divorces, collaborative divorce saves time, money, and stress. If the couple has a history of domestic violence or can’t communicate respectfully, then that couple will need to opt for a contested divorce.
People going through a divorce should have a solid plan in place before announcing their split on social media. In the past decade, it has become commonplace to share big life events on social media sites. In many ways, people may prefer announcing their divorce over social media rather than telling people in person. Social media allows partners to respectfully announce their divorce to a wide audience and spare themselves the pain of repeating the news over and over again.