Protecting the Needs of Children During Child Custody Disputes

Children often carry the emotional scars of a difficult divorce between their parents even if the split occurred years before. Fortunately, Illinois parents can take steps to make the process easier for the children even if the spouses are at odds over most major divorce issues. The children greatly benefit when parents are able to focus on developing practical and beneficial child custody schedules and protecting their emotional needs during a divorce.

Parents sometimes need guidance to draft a parenting plan that will work long-term. For this reason, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has released a guideline that can help parents navigate the many complex custody and support matters that must be addressed during a divorce. The guidelines also include suggested custody schedules that may fit a family’s unique circumstances and the needs of the children.

It can be especially difficult for children to move from house to house as parents switch off parenting time. Transitions of any kind can be detrimental to the emotional health of a child, making it important for parents to address the needs of their kids instead of winning an emotional battle with their ex-spouse. Armed with a complete knowledge of available options and the help of a lawyer, parents can make a divorce less stressful for the kids.

There is no guideline or resource that can replace the knowledgeable guidance of an Illinois family law attorney. Even parents who are amicable and willing to negotiate the terms of a divorce agreement will find that a lawyer provides invaluable insight into parental rights and the workings of the family law system. While the guidelines published by the AAML may be useful, parents should turn to a lawyer when facing child custody issues.

Source: Huffington Post, “How to Keep Divorce Focused on the Needs of the Children“, James McLaren, Oct. 9, 2015

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