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The Five Hardest Parts about Being a Single Mom

By Nottage and Ward on June 20, 2012

One of the most contentious aspects of a divorce involving children is child custody. In some cases, the child will live with both parents throughout the year, while in others, the child will permanently reside with one parent while being granted visitation by the other. Raising a child on your own is no easy task, however, and many single parents find that there are a lot of obstacles that make it harder than it would be with a spouse. To help you be prepared for the toughest parts of being a single mom or dad, has come up with the five toughest parts of single parenting:

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What Are My Options for Child Custody in Illinois?

By Nottage and Ward on July 25, 2011

During the Illinois divorce process, child custody can become one of the most highly disputed, contentious and emotional issues. In the end, experienced help may be needed to help reach an agreement that suits the needs and wants of both the children involved and the parents. Having a solid custody arrangement will help minimize everyone’s stress and reduce the emotional toll of the divorce. It will also allow each parent an opportunity to provide the best possible care they can give to their child.

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Illinois Parents Who Break Agreements Would Lose Driver’s Licenses Under New Bill

By Nottage and Ward on May 10, 2011

According to, House Bill 1604, also known as the Steven Watkins bill, was recently passed by the Illinois House by a vote of 78-36 and now goes before the Senate. If passed, the bill would increase the penalties a custodial parent would face if they willfully violated visitation rulings ordered by the court that relate to non-custodial parents. Parents in Illinois who do not comply with visitation orders would have their driver’s license suspended for six months, face fines of up to $500 per day, and face possible jail time.

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