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Don't let summer vacation give you a parenting time headache

Ah, summer vacation. It's a time of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation, not just for the children in your life, but for you as well. Life goes a bit slower, not running at its usual breakneck pace, and even the daily grind of your job seems a bit less stressful in the summertime. Summer is also the perfect time to go on a trip to make memories with your children. No matter if it's across the state or across the country, family vacations are prime bonding time for parents and children alike, allowing everyone to enjoy new experiences while growing closer. All that can change, though, if your vacation plans – or those of your former partner and your child's other parent – run afoul of a preexisting child custody or visitation agreement.

More dads fighting for custody than ever before

Beginning with the gender rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s, women have demanded equal treatment in the workforce and in society as a whole. Part of the newfound gender identity of the "modern" woman comes work outside the home, contrary to the traditional view of the stay-at-home mom who manages the family's domestic responsibilities while the father is the "breadwinner." As more women equal or surpass their husband's salary comes a new set of challenges, particularly if the couple should split.

Is bias against gay, lesbian, parents an issue for our time?

Illinois is officially in the rank of states that has legalized same-sex marriage. That status is due to be effective as of June 1 of this year. At that point, unless something else happens between now and then, Illinois will join 16 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing gays and lesbians to wed and divorce.

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