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Having children in a relationship adds a layer of complexity that couples without children simply do not have. So when going through a divorce, the same concepts apply.
Put your children’s welfare first. Never use your children as a weapon against your spouse.Be sure your children have ample time with the other parent. They need it. Don’t introduce your children to your new romantic partner until the children have adjusted to your separation and your new relationship is stable.
Co-parenting starts the day the decision is made to divorce has been made. Even the most amicable divorces need a plan for future co-parenting. Putting your children’s best interests first, no matter how much you may dislike their other parent, is the key to co-parenting.
If you are contemplating a divorce or going through a divorce this holiday season, it is crucial that you don’t make your children suffer during the holidays... or for any other time for that matter.
Spouses can file for a no-fault divorce in Illinois, as long as they have lived separate and apart for at least two years and state that irreconcilable differences ended their marriage. This two-year separation period may be waived "upon written stipulation of both spouses, filed with the court."
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