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Geneva parenting time attorneyFamily and relationship experts have long known that children generally fare best after their parents’ divorce or separation when both parents continue to play an active role in the children’s lives. There are, of course, many ways for parents to maintain a healthy relationship with their children, but most experts believe that time together is a vital part of doing so. In recent years, there has been a greater effort in many parts of the country to include fathers more in parenting arrangements following a divorce or separation, but change, it seems, has been slow in coming to Illinois.

In many situations, mothers are granted a majority of the parenting time with their children while fathers are forced to make do with less. A new study shows how much less, and the results are rather alarming.

Illinois Near the Bottom

Kane County family law attorney, shared custody, child custodyDivorce is rarely easy for any couple. For a couple with children, divorce often represents merely the beginning of a new reality which includes shared custody arrangements and coparenting. Depending on the circumstances of the divorce, it can be understandably difficult for many individuals to cooperate with their ex-spouse. However, child development and relationship experts maintain that being able to put aside or work through differences can have a significant positive impact on the health and happiness of the children.

While either parent may maintain primary custody following a divorce or separation, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 80 percent of custodial parents are mothers. This figure includes families with equal joint- or shared custody arrangements, which have become increasingly common as custodial mothers continue to work rather than relying solely on alimony or support awards. Shared custody typically means that children will be spending time at each parent’s home according to some sort of arranged schedule. Whether you are the primary custodial parent or not, there are some things you can do to help your child be more at ease with a potentially unsettling situation.

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A woman faces two counts of class D felony charges of child neglect. She reportedly went to meet a man that she met on the internet but he never showed. While she waited, her 3-year-old daughter was found crossing a busy road alone. It was later discovered that her 1-year-old son was left unattended in the car secured in his car seat with the windows closed and car door unlocked.

Pam  Kane County child custody lawyerA witness driving by spotted the little girl in the road, and pulled over. He took the little girl to a nearby convenience store. A little while later, it was reported that the mother came out of the restaurant, where the meeting was to take place, looking for her daughter. The witness walked the little girl across the busy road again to return the little girl to her mother.

There were several 911 calls about the incident. In an attempt to prevent the woman from leaving the scene, one caller went to her car and there he noticed the 1-year-old son in the car with the windows closed. When he pulled the child from the car he was confronted by the mother, whom witnesses say attacked the man.

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