Child Custody and Mental Health: Protecting the Children

Divorce is often hardest on the youngest members of the family, but Illinois parents can take steps to minimize the negative impact. There are many issues that must be resolved in a divorce, including child custody. While it is easy to become preoccupied with these matters, parents must pay close attention to the well-being of their children throughout the process.

Children should be made aware that the divorce was not their fault. Illinois parents do not want to place their children at the center of their disputes. It’s best to limit discussions, negotiations and disagreements to times when the children are not around. Children often feel insecure when their parents separate or divorce, and it is reassuring and beneficial when both parents remain actively involved in their lives.

A child custody arrangement should reflect the best interests of the children, not revenge or an agreement that is not sustainable long into the future. Long custody battles can be stressful for a child, and reaching a practical arrangement may be best for all parties involved. For some children, having access to a mental health care professional during a time of transition can be beneficial.

Divorce can ultimately lead to a better future for every member of the family, but it is vital to navigate the complex process with the help of an experienced family law attorney. With focused help and the right perspective, Illinois parents can protect the mental and emotional health of their children during this time. A child custody arrangement should be one that will reflect the kids’ needs long into the future.

Source:, “Divorce and Children“, Accessed on March 14, 2016

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Attorney Natalie Stec

Natalie M. Stec, born and raised in Illinois, and earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her practice has been concentrated in significant pre and post decree marital and family law cases; including custody, visitation, support, and paternity matters. She has important criminal defense experience in both misdemeanor and felony cases. She is a very dedicated and passionate litigator. [ Attorney Bio ]