How to Arrive at a Beneficial Child Custody Arrangement
Illinois parents who are going through a divorce may be overwhelmed by the possibility of working out a child custody agreement with a soon-to-be ex-spouse. Child custody is often a hot button issue, as it will affect both parents and children for years after a divorce. When parents do not want to leave the future of their family up to the family court, it may be beneficial to consider different methods of dispute resolution.
During a divorce, even a contentious couple may be surprised that they can work together on certain issues. Through negotiation and by working with their respective legal teams, Illinois couples can often resolve conflicts pertaining to custody, financial support and asset division. Spouses do not have to be amicable to make this happen, but making the effort can help avoid a lengthy, stressful and expensive court battle.
Some couples may choose mediation as a way to resolve certain divorce issues. This process, with the help of a neutral third party, can open lines of communication between parties. Parents may be able to reach a custody agreement that both protects their rights as parents and protects the best interests of their children.
Mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution can be useful tools for Illinois couples. However, it should be remembered that every individual can benefit from legal counsel during the process and every agreement should be evaluated by a knowledgeable attorney. By having a legal ally, a person can be certain that his or her parental rights are protected, especially regarding difficult issues such as child custody.
Source: freepressonline.com, “Kids & Families First: The Magic of Mediation“, Judith Hatch Orme, Jan. 21, 2015
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