Choosing a Child Custody Arrangement That Is Best for the Kids

A child custody arrangement should protect the best interests of the children and allow for a healthy relationship with both parents. Even when Illinois parents do not get along on a personal level, it is possible to coparent in a way that puts the kids first. Parents can work together on a child custody plan that is conducive for the needs of the kids and protects parental rights.

Divorce is rarely easy for any member of the family. This time of transition can be especially difficult for children, but it may be helpful for them to speak with a counselor or therapist about their feelings. This can help children work through difficult issues and complex emotions, possibly providing the foundation of a secure relationship with both parents after a divorce.

One of the ways that Illinois parents can protect their children after divorce is to avoid negative talk about their former spouse in front of the children. It is known that there is great benefit for children when they can have a good relationship with both parents post-divorce, but this is more difficult when there is disparaging speech and a lack of mutual respect. While this may not be a specific part of an official custody plan, parents may choose to work together on these issues, even after a divorce, for the benefit of the children.

Negotiating a child custody arrangement can be a complex and emotionally challenging aspect of a divorce. Parents can work together through negotiations, including formal mediation sessions, to possibly avoid a contentious legal battle and come to a mutually beneficial arrangement. If possible, this effort can provide security for the children and avoid confrontation in the future.

Source: The Huffington Post, “The 18 Best Things You Can Do For Your Kids After Divorce“, Brittany Wong, Feb. 17, 2015

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