Co-Parenting: Making Child Custody Work for Everyone

Without a doubt, custody is one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce. However, it is possible to obtain a child custody arrangement that protects the needs of the children while still recognizing parental rights. In fact, co-parenting after divorce is often seen as one of the best ways to maintain the mental stability of children after a divorce.

Illinois parents know that providing stability for children is one the most important things that they can do during and after divorce. It can be difficult to sort through the emotions and practical issues that accompany the end of a marriage, but when parents can work together, the children will benefit. With the proper legal help, a co-parenting agreement can provide the framework by which children are able to maintain a consistent relationship with both parents.

For many couples, it is not easy to see past the emotional stress of a divorce and resolve certain custody issues. Co-parenting will require that ex-spouses make certain decisions together and work cooperatively after the divorce is final. If an Illinois couple wants to move forward with a co-parenting agreement, they will have to navigate issues pertaining to parenting schedule, discipline and house rules.

A parent should note that involvement in a child custody dispute does not preclude them from co-parenting. It is important to work through these matters with a lawyer who understands complex custody issues and who will be dedicated to the goals of the client. With commitment to the well being of the children and a thoughtful custody order, co-parenting is possible.

Source:, “Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents: Making Joint Custody Work After a Separation or Divorce“, Accessed on Oct. 27, 2015

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