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Helpful Tips for Divorcing Parents in Illinois

If you and your spouse are divorcing and have children, then it is particularly important to understand the basics of Illinois child custody laws. A clear understanding can provide you and your spouse with ideas regarding a custody arrangement, and will help to demystify the factors that courts will consider when awarding custody. Additionally, divorce can be an arduous and stressful time for everyone involved-spouses, children, extended family, and friends all face the impact of an ending marriage. However, considering the following steps may prove beneficial to help make your divorce process less stressful and more amicable for all involved-primarily your children. 

Encourage Your Children to Accept Change

Change is unavoidable when it comes to divorce. Even when the end result is joint custody, any children involved will have to cope with a new way of living. One strategy for helping children adapt to changes in family life is to make sure their daily routine remains consistent. After-school activities, sports, hobbies, and time spent with parents should remain as priorities.

Do Not Involve Your Children in Spousal Disputes

Leaving children out of divorce disputes can prove challenging-particularly if a marriage did not end on a positive note. However, it is not wise to expose children to contested matters within a divorce. Likewise, you should never pressure your children to choose between you and your ex. One way to accomplish this is to treat matters between you and your former spouse as a business relationship. This will help you keep a calm, objective perspective.

Hire a Seasoned Divorce Attorney

Hiring a seasoned attorney to represent your interests may prove invaluable-especially if you and your spouse do not agree on asset division, child custody, or any additional family law matters. An attorney can evaluate your case, explain your rights, and represent your interests. Moreover, he or she can help you avoid mistakes that could compromise the outcome of your divorce.

Speak with an Experienced Illinois Family Law Attorney Today

If you are considering filing for divorce in Illinois, then an experienced DuPage County family law attorney at The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. can help. Call us today at 630-462-9500 to schedule your consultation.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=2086&ChapterID=59&SeqStart=8300000&SeqEnd=10000000

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