Resolving Custody Disputes for the Benefit of the Children

During a divorce, children often carry heavy emotional burdens associated with the break-up of their parent’s marriage. Illinois couples facing the end of a marriage often naturally wish to avoid causing their children unnecessary pain, but are unsure if they can work together to resolve child custody disputes. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid lengthy and expensive litigation, even if the couple is not amicable.

Parents may find it difficult to balance their pain and anger during divorce negotiations. However, it is especially important to remember that children should not suffer unnecessarily because of this conflict. It is known that children do better when they can have a strong relationship with both parents after a divorce. A custody arrangement should reflect this, but parents sometimes may have to work hard to secure their rightful parenting time.

Children are smart and resilient, but parents should still strive to disrupt their schedule and schooling as little as possible. Parents should also work to protect the emotional health of their children by refraining from negative talk about the other parent in front of the kids. Any custody or parenting agreement should reflect the physical, financial and mental needs of the kids.

By working together to resolve custody disputes, parents can have more control over what happens after the divorce is final. It is useful to work with a knowledgeable divorce attorney who can assist with negotiations, but who will also fight in court if necessary. It is an attainable goal for Illinois parents to both avoid divorce litigation and protect the interests of their children.

Source: The Huffington Post, “8 Things Kids Of Divorce Want Parents To Know“, Brittany Wong, April 2, 2015

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