Tips for parents who have joint custody

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

It isn’t uncommon for parents in Illinois and throughout the country to share physical custody of their children after a divorce. However, it can be challenging to create an arrangement that works for both the parents and the children. Ideally, the parents will realize that they are responsible for doing what is best for their children regardless of how they feel about each other. It is also important to understand that a child’s needs will vary based on their age and other factors.

These other factors could include a parent’s work schedule, the distance between the parents themselves and the academic needs of the children. Infants typically need to spend more time with a primary caregiver while younger children may be better off transitioning between each parent as often as possible. It is important to point out that a person can be both a bad spouse and a great parent.

In most cases, a child is going to want to receive love and support from both parents. This is why most states allow for joint physical custody rights as long as the parent isn’t a danger to the child. Those who are raising children together after a divorce will need to determine how they will communicate with each other. If necessary, parents can do so by text or email if they don’t want to meet in person.

Parents who are seeking greater visitation or child custody rights may be allowed to obtain them. They might want to meet with an experienced family law attorney to discuss how to go about it.

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