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Helping clients evaluate their ongoing child custody needs

53911791_S.jpgWhen parents in Illinois work to establish a child custody plan that will dictate where their children will spend their time, they are tasked with ensuring that the product they come up with serves their kids' best interests. This can be a daunting undertaking for many reasons. If the parents share multiple kids they may find that their children's needs are different from those of their siblings, and they may also find that their kids' needs change over time.

Does your custody plan serve your child's best interests?

80529970_S.jpgHaving a child is hard, but having more than one child can be even harder. Ask any parent of multiple children what it is like to juggle the lives of several dependents and they may launch into a discussion of varying schedules, differing needs and changing expectations. What a child in Springfield needs when they are a baby is different from what they need as a teenager, and a parent of more than one child must constantly adjust as their kids grow and learn.

What does it mean to have "joint custody" of a child?

32559092_S.jpgAs previously discussed on this Springfield family law blog, a child's best interests will guide matters related to their custody. To this end, different children may have very different plans that establish where they will live, if and when they will visit with their parents and how their custody will be divided. This post will briefly touch on one important way parents may share custody of their children, which is "joint custody."

Parenting coordinators as resource in custody cases

38746099_S.jpgA previous post on this blog talked about how a guardian ad litem can be a valuable resource to fathers, as well as mothers, when it comes to solving a child custody case. This blog has also mentioned that mediation is a good way for parents to work out their issues regarding child custody and parenting time outside of court.

What rights do grandparents have in a child custody dispute?

42254580_S.jpgChild custody disputes typically pit one parent against another, often in the midst of a difficult divorce. It can be hard for two parents to agree on important childcare decisions at such a time, but each party has rights and responsibilities that go with parenting.

Children may benefit from shared child custody arrangements

28402965_S.jpgA two parent, one-household dynamic used to be the standard family unit in decades past. However, since nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, the reality is that these days some parents must carry on their parental roles separate from the other parent. Even when parents make their best attempts to keep a family a unit, it is sometimes best to end a marriage for everyone involved. Thus, parents in Illinois and elsewhere need to consider how they can meet the needs of their child moving forward.

The growing trend away from sole custody during divorce

58904961_S.jpgParents always want what is best for their children. How can they help it? A child is his or her world, and during a divorce, parents in Illinois and elsewhere will do anything to limit the negative impact the process could have on the child. This requires not only considering the dissolution process itself but also how the post divorce life will look. In some cases, a parent might have so much animosity with their former spouse that they seek to go to great lengths to either protect the child from their ex or file for sole custody. Whether this is out of care or spite, it is often a custody arrangement that is difficult at achieving.

Tech time may influence parenting time and a child's behavior

32369721_S.jpgDivorce can be difficult on the divorcing couple as well as the children. While parents in Illinois and elsewhere might fight tooth and nail to obtain the child custody arrangement they desire most, at the end of the day, it is important that these agreements meet the best interests of the child. Even if on paper the arrangement is conducive for the child, it is all dependent on what a parent does with their parenting time. While it is clear that there will be a transition period from being a married parent to a single parent, this process should not constrain or damage the relationship with the child.

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