Protecting Children While Resolving Custody Disputes
During divorce, children often feel that they are caught in the middle of their parents’ issues. Illinois parents may want to protect their kids and keep them from carrying an unnecessary emotional burden, but they may be unsure of how to do that in the midst of a difficult legal process. By making an effort to resolve custody disputes and share custody peacefully, kids and parents alike can have an easier transition after divorce.
Parents should always refrain from speaking ill of their former spouse in front of the children. Even parents who do not get along can do this. Additionally, fighting over the kids’ possessions during a divorce can add unnecessary stress and may actually lengthen the process as the two parties must resolve these additional disputes. If the children have valuable possessions, the parents can outline in the divorce agreement how items will be shared.
Post-divorce life is a time of adjustment, but by making a commitment to be flexible when necessary, it can be easier for kids. Studies have shown that children benefit when they have equal time with both parents, but sharing custody can be difficult for parents who just ended their marriage. This is why it is important to have a custody arrangement that simultaneously addresses the concerns of the parents and the needs of the children.
By working with a knowledgeable divorce lawyer, parents have a greater chance of resolving custody disputes in a way that protects both the parents’ rights and the best interests of the children. A simple evaluation can determine how a parent may be able to avoid costly litigation and keep the children out of any parental disagreements. With commitment and experienced legal counsel, Illinois parents can protect their children during a difficult time.
Source: Huffington Post, “5 Tips for Sharing Custody“, Marina Sbrochi, June 26, 2015