Keeping the Peace with a Practical Child Custody Order

Child custody is consistently one of the most complicated matters to work through in a divorce. Illinois parents naturally want what is best for their children, but that may not always work when just one parent retains primary child custody of the children and the other parent has visitation. In reality, children thrive when they can maintain a strong relationship with both parents after a divorce.

Co-parenting offers a solution to parents who want to protect the best interests of their kids, even if they have very different parenting styles, beliefs and personal lives. Consistency between the parents can help children transition between homes and adjust faster to their new life after divorce. It is vital to address important issues in a parenting plan in order to remain consistent on discipline, education, religious upbringing and more.

Honest communication is the key to any successful parenting plan, even if the two parties do not specifically choose to co-parent. When parents communicate, there is less conflict and more peace for any children involved. Divorce is still emotionally difficult, even after the process is final. By addressing all important issues during negotiations and committing to practical resolutions, it is possible to minimize post-divorce conflict between parents.

When an Illinois parent is facing divorce, it is useful to seek the guidance of a lawyer who is experienced in child custody disputes. A legal ally can help a person keep his or her focus on what is actually best for the children, not short-term or emotional victories. By making the effort, parents can help mitigate the impact the divorce has on their children.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Consistent Coparenting Eases Life for Children After Divorce“, Rosalind Sedacca, Feb. 29, 2016

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