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How to Prevent Children from Blaming Themselves for Divorce

By Leslie Fineberg on June 10, 2013

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), nearly half of all marriages today end in divorce. It is normal for parents with children who plan on getting a divorce to worry about the effect the divorce will have on their children.

When their parents divorce, the children may feel their security threatened. They may be confused and become scared. Children may not interpret divorce the way parents do, and they may feel as if something they did caused the divorce. In order to avoid this misinterpretation, parents have the responsibility to explain to their children how they are involved and what will occur in their future.

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Being Forced Out of Your Comfort Zone

By Leslie Fineberg on June 5, 2013

As life changes, challenges and difficulties occur. We all dislike being forced out of our comfort zones. Life brings unexpected, unwelcomed events our way. According to clinical psychologist, relationship expert, and author, Dr. Carmen Harra of The Huffington Post, we are all creatures of habit, but we also are equipped with unbelievable resilience, and we all have a built-in capacity to adapt to change.

Whether you are forced out of your comfort zone by a complex, emotional divorce, the loss of a job, or the sudden loss of a loved one, change causes uncertainty — a fear of the unknown. The following advice is offered by Dr. Harra and the Chicago family law attorneys at Nottage and Ward:

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FAFSA and Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on February 11, 2013

In order to receive financial aid for college, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form must be completed and submitted online. The form requests information about a young person’s financial support mechanism and amount. Child support from a non-custodial parent must be included on the form with the rest of the family’s financial information. Then a determination can be made as to the amount of financial aid colleges should make available.

The Chicago family law attorneys at Nottage and Ward have been helping spouses and former spouses with the financial complexities of divorce for more than 20 years. They help spouses resolve complex custody and financial issues.

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Increasing Number of U.S. Children Raised by Grandparents

By Nottage and Ward on August 17, 2011

Approximately one in 10 children in the U.S. resides with a grandparent, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2010. That figure has increased progressively over the last 10 years, with a sharp increase during 2007 and 2008, when the economic downturn first began.

The study analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau and discovered that around 41 percent of those children residing with a grandparent are also being primarily raised by that grandparent. Altogether, it is believed that about 2.9 million children in the U.S. are being raised by one or both grandparents. About half of these children also reside with a single parent, while no parent is in the household for around 43 percent of these children. Approximately eight percent reside with both parents in the household, as well as with the grandparent acting as caregiver.

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