A Child Custody Plan That Works for Both the Parents and Kids

Co-parenting, while a popular trend among divorcing couples, is a parenting arrangement that is often found to be impossible and impractical. In theory, mutual respect and a desire to protect the well-being of the children seems like enough to produce long-term cooperation, but it may not be. Even when parents are amicable and committed to peacefully navigating their post-divorce life, it is wise to first have the foundation of a workable, practical child custody order.

When an Illinois couples chooses to co-parent after their divorce, it means that they are committed to working together on decisions related to education, medical needs, emotional issues, religious upbringing and more. Some co-parents even split custody and visitation time in order to allow the children to be around each parent as much as possible. The ultimate goal of any co-parenting or custody arrangement should be to protect the well-being of the children above all else.

For some, they find that due to emotional baggage or continued disputes, they are unable to co-parent successfully. With the right help, a parenting plan can be built around the unique needs of the family, from medical concerns to how parents will make decisions. While a judge must approve the final plan, a lawyer can navigate negotiations and discussions.

Illinois parents know that divorce is often hardest on the children, but parents should not navigate this process alone. It is possible for a child custody arrangement to be sustainable, allowing parents who choose to do so to successfully and effectively co-parent. To explore all custody options available, a parent should seek a consultation with a family law professional.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Successful and Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce“, Kelly Benamati, March 23, 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 ]