Divorce is hard on everyone involved, but it can be particularly tough on children. In addition to the breakup of their family home, child custody arrangements mean they will likely be dividing their time between mom and dad and having to spend extended periods in a strange place. The following highlights tips that can make this time easier and help them adjust to the situation.
Rather than simply awarding one parent custody while the other has periodic visitation, the courts today are more in favor of child time-sharing plans that allow both parents to play an active and engaged role in the child’s life.
Under the Illinois Statutes (750 ILCS 5/600), parenting time is likely to be allocated between both parties, depending on their schedules, their ability to provide for the child, and any special needs that may exist. This might mean dividing the child’s time between both parents homes, both on weekends and during the week, as well as allowing for more extended visits during holidays, school breaks, or at other special times of the year.
To make these arrangements easier for your child, follow these tips:
While you and your spouse may have parted on less than amicable terms, it is important to attempt to put your differences aside for the sake of your children. Kids Health advises parents to avoid the following:
When you need compassionate, professional legal guidance in creating child time-sharing plans, the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group is here to help. To request a free consultation to discuss your case, contact our Chicago child custody lawyers today.
There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.