Properly Navigating Divorce and Child Custody Disputes

Illinois readers know that divorce can bring out complex and difficult emotions for all parties. This is especially true when it comes to issues pertaining to children. It is particularly important for people to understand the importance of approaching the judge the right way, even when navigating difficult circumstances, as he or she will have the final say on any child custody order.

Divorces can extend well beyond the goal of a one-year time frame, and emotions and tensions can run higher the longer that the process stretches on. Even when a couple is resolved to reach an agreement on child custody out of court, a judge has the authority to approve any order drafted by the two parties. While a family court judge is a neutral party, he or she should be treated positively, regardless of the contention between the divorcing parents.

One thing that people often forget is that a judge and his or her staff should be treated with respect at all times. There could be a negative impact if a person acts rude or disrespectful during a hearing. When a party is more willing to compromise and does not make unreasonable demands, he or she may be viewed more favorably by a judge.

Dealing with the judge during a contentious divorce can be a tricky process. When an Illinois parent is attempting to protect his or her parental rights as well as the best interests of the children, it can be hard to keep emotions in check. An experienced family law attorney can ensure that a client is effectively represented without allowing emotions to have a negative impact on the outcome of a child custody dispute.

Source: The Huffington Post, “5 Things Your Divorce Judge Wants to Tell You, But Doesn’t“, Jason Levoy, March 21, 2016

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