Author - Katy Mickelson

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Kathryn Mickelson, her husband, Kory and their 3 1/2 year old son, Luke, and 10 month old daughter, Adelyn, live in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. When she's not trailing after her ever-active tots, Kathryn works as an attorney at the law firm of Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP, where she practices exclusively in the area of family law.

Scheduling summertime fun with kids after divorce

One of the most complicated and nuanced parts of the dissolution of two parents’ relationship, be it through the process of divorce or through a “parentage” action (where parents are not married), is developing a schedule of parenting time where each parent feels like he or she can continue to be a meaningful part of their child’s life notwithstanding the change of circumstances of one household to two. Plenty of my clients are dismayed by the thought of not spending their every waking mo...

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 9:40 AM by Katy Mickelson

Containing sibling squabbles when cabin fever sets in

All of us who live in Chicago pride ourselves on our ability to “hunker down” when it becomes unbearably cold out. What better way to deal with the Chicago Arctic than to sit around in PJs, drinking hot coffee and curled up with a good book, letting errands wait and leaving icy roads for someone else?

Then come kids and their exasperation with being stuck inside when the threat of hypothermia is all too real. Telling my 6-year-old to read a book and enjoy some downtime while the outsid...

Posted on January 08, 2018 at 2:19 PM by Katy Mickelson

How working moms can get involved with their child's school

As a mom of a rambunctious 3½-year-old girl and super-active 6-year-old boy and working full-time as a partner in family law, I’m often told that I “do it all.” The seemingly praiseworthy concept, while flattering, in no way rids me of mother’s guilt that plagues many of us who work outside the home. At all hours of the day, thoughts of "What experience did I miss out on today?" will creep across my desk, like when my son tells me about a class celebration that I had to miss due to a clie...

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 9:05 AM by Katy Mickelson

United Parenting in a Divided Household: Is it Possible?

Negotiating the pitfalls of united discipline can be tough enough on parents who are getting along. But what if the marriage is facing a demise?

Picture this: your little one coyly asks you if she can stay up just a little longer tonight. You’re resolute, however. No nap today and your little angel already tested your patience by throwing her perfectly acceptable mac ’n’ cheese on the floor—just, well, “because.”  Just when you’ve dug your heels in, however, you hear the unravelin...

Posted on January 02, 2012 at 11:43 AM by Katy Mickelson