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Archive, December 2012.

Taneil Curtis was visiting with one of her children on November 7th.  The visit was supervised by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services at a McDonald’s in South Holland.  During the visit, Curtis asked the case officer for permission to get a glass of water with her son.  That was when she made a daring escape while kidnapping her 21-month-old son. She darted out of the restaurant and into a waiting U-Haul rental truck.  After the police were alerted and the investigation began, they found the U-Haul truck abandoned near South Holland.  They …

Divorce is an emotionally challenging process and can be especially hard if you have children. More and more divorcing couples are finding out how much more beneficial it is to stop bickering with your ex-spouse and place the needs of your children first, experts say. Cooperating with the ex is becoming more common than going through pointless arguments and endless fights. To make the collaboration work both parents need to make it a priority. Certified divorce financial analyst Nancy Liebman has noticed the shift too. "People are putting kids first rather than revenge," she said. There…

When Christopher and Angela Isit paid Christopher’s child support to his ex-girlfriend in Mississippi, neither thought anything of it, but complicated interstate laws and deduction processes have made Isit’s payment records a big mess, according to the Chicago Tribune. For most of the time that they were making payments, according to the Tribune, “the payments were automatically deducted from his paycheck,” and then sent to Mississippi and then forwarded to Isit’s ex-girlfriend. In 2009, Mississippi told Isit that he was $900 behind on support payments, and because “a new child …

It is very common for families to delay taking steps of separation slower, or stopping them completely, until after the holiday season is over. For many couples, separation includes worrying about their children being affected by the family breaking apart. The first few steps are the hardest to take, and many couples hope that time together with their family will provide an opportunity to rethink such big decisions. Adding to the stress of separation, is the overspending of the season that most people surrender to every year. Financial realities get set aside for a few months. Come …

According to the Chicago Tribune, there are some rules to newly divorced couples on how they can have a good holiday together. There are several things you can do and if you are willing to work at it, you can have a good day without any fighting. One of the most important things to think about if you have older kids is to do something that makes them feel comfortable. Even grown children may have some reservations on the holiday celebration with the entire family after this kind of thing. By paying attention to the details and asking children what is important to them during a holiday, you…
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