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DuPage County parenting plan lawyerOne of the most important things you must come to an agreement about when you get a divorce is how your children will split their time between you and the child’s other parent. In the state of Illinois, all divorcing couples who have children together must come to an agreement on their own about a parenting plan, attend a mediation session to help them come to an agreement or have the judge make decisions about the parenting plan if you and your spouse cannot come to one any other way. A parenting plan will set out the future of your co-parenting relationship and while it is not set in stone, you should aim to include all of the necessary items in your plan the first time around.

Holidays and Other Special Dates

Though the basis of your parenting plan will be dictating when each parent spends time with the child, you should make sure that plan includes different holidays and other special dates that might be fought over. Be sure to include all holidays that you may want to spend time with your child -- not just the major ones. Christmas and Thanksgiving are highly-contested holidays, but if you also want to make sure you get an equal amount of time on holidays like Easter and Valentine’s Day, be sure to write that into your parenting plan.

Travel and Vacations

If you and your spouse know that you each will be going on planned vacations, you should be sure to include provisions about that in your parenting plan. Vacations can disrupt the normal parenting schedule, so you should agree in advance how much time you need to plan the vacations prior to leaving.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneyThe winter holiday season is a wonderful time to meet with family and friends who do not live nearby. Every year, families pack up their cars with kids, presents, casseroles, and pies and set off to celebrate with those they love. AAA recently released an estimate that 93.6 million people plan on traveling by car for the upcoming holiday season. This number represents a 1.5 percent increase from last year. Unfortunately, because of this increased holiday traffic, there is an increased risk of getting injured or even killed in a car accident. Driving is second-nature to most of us, but it is important to remember that it is still a dangerous activity. In 2015, 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads, and an astounding 4.4 million people were injured.

Drinking and Driving

Alcohol is involved in many holiday gatherings. Coworkers may have a company Christmas party, and families may include wine with dinner. Responsible drinkers know to have a designated driver or to stay put if they choose to drink, but sadly, many choose to drive anyway. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48,613 individuals were killed in a car crash involving a driver with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher in 2015. Drinking and driving can be devastating to both those who drink and drive as well as their passengers. Being under the influence of alcohol while driving also endangers the lives of motorists and passengers in the surrounding cars and puts pedestrians and cyclists in harm’s way.

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