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Lombard parenting plan modification lawyerWhen a couple makes the decision to pursue a divorce, the process can be incredibly complicated. When children are involved, the decisions made during divorce will affect their lives for years to come. However, people’s circumstances may change, and a modification to your divorce decree may be necessary in order to reflect changes in how you and your ex-spouse handle parental responsibilities and parenting time. If you plan to ask for a change to your child custody agreement, it is important to take the proper steps as you prepare for this request.

Preparing for a Parenting Plan Modification

You may petition for a modification to the parenting plan created in your divorce decree, but when considering these requests, a judge will base their decision on what is in children’s best interests. In order to show that your proposed changes will be in children’s best interests, you can take the following steps:

  • Remain Cordial With Your Former Spouse: The easiest way to modify your parenting plan is through working cooperatively with your ex-spouse to devise a plan that works for all parties involved. If you can show your former spouse that you can work together with them to provide a safe and loving home for your children, they are more likely to work with you in modifying the plan. On the other hand, any aggressive or insensitive behavior is likely to significantly impact their willingness to modify the plan. 
  • Be an Engaged Parent: If your former spouse is unwilling to work with you to modify your plan, even with the help of a mediator or family law professional, you may need to argue your case for a modification in a custody hearing. The best way to convince the court that you deserve more parental responsibilities or parenting time is through being a great parent. Be highly engaged in your child’s life, including staying informed of their academic performance and attending their extracurricular activities. You should also ensure that you have ample space in your home for your child to live, sleep, and play. 
  • Pay Child Support: Proving that you are a responsible parent is incredibly important as you look to modify your parenting plan. If you are responsible for paying child support, it is important that you make each payment in full and on time. Meeting your child support responsibilities can also encourage your former spouse to work with you in developing a mutually-beneficial modification to the parenting plan. 

Contact a Wheaton Family Law Attorney

At the Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., we understand the difficulties that parents and children face when struggling to adjust to the reality of divorce. If your family’s situation has changed, our attorneys will work with you to modify your parenting plan and help you reach an outcome that is best for you and your family. To schedule an initial consultation with a knowledgeable DuPage County child custody lawyer, contact us today at 630-462-9500. 

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Lombard divorce and child custody lawyerAccording to the American Psychological Association (APA), more than 40% percent of marriages throughout the United States ultimately end in divorce. Separating from your spouse can be an incredibly turbulent and emotional time in your life, and for parents, a divorce can be especially difficult. As you navigate the divorce process, it is important for you to remain engaged as a parent. Seeking assistance from a qualified attorney can allow you to focus on the well-being of your family as you work to finalize your divorce. 

Divorce as a Parent  

When children are involved in a divorce, it is important to act with extreme care. For children, the divorce of their parents can be uniquely challenging to grasp and cope with. Listed below are a few key steps you should take as you juggle being a parent and separating from your spouse:

  • Remain Engaged: Throughout your divorce, it is critical to reassure your child that you will always be a part of their life. You can do this through fun family activities like going to see a movie or going to the park. It is also important to demonstrate that you are still fully invested in the things that they are passionate about and make sure that you do not miss any important extracurricular activities. It should be noted that many children begin to struggle with academic performance during divorce, so speak with teachers, coaches, and other key figures in their lives as they go through this difficult time. 
  • Talk With Your Kids: Speaking with your children regarding your divorce can be one of the most difficult conversations you ever have as a parent. However, these conversations can make all the difference in alleviating any concerns your child may have about your separation. Be willing to answer difficult questions and remember to remain calm, even if your child becomes agitated or flustered. In a lot of divorces, children will irrationally blame themselves for the divorce of their parents, so open and steady dialogue and reassurance can be key to their mental and emotional health. 
  • Develop a Custody Strategy: As you begin to speak with your attorney about the resolution of your divorce, one of the first things that will need to be addressed is child custody. As a parent, you need to know what your custody goals are. A joint custody agreement is often the best option for children, because it enables them to maintain a relationship with both parents. In other cases, joint custody is not a healthy option, and you may look to secure sole custody. If you look to pursue sole custody, speak with your attorney about the possibility of receiving child support payments from your spouse. 

Contact a Wheaton Family Law Attorney 

The emotional aspects of a divorce can be incredibly challenging to cope with, as separating with a spouse is never easy. Unfortunately, divorce can present a number of unforeseen complications that may be completely unrelated to the emotional side of a separation. At the Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., our legal team is dedicated to resolving the nuanced aspects of your divorce while protecting your parental rights and your children’s best interests. To set up a consultation with a knowledgeable and compassionate DuPage County divorce lawyer, contact us today at 630-462-9500. 

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Wheaton divorce lawyer emotional financial issuesEvery year, thousands of Americans make the difficult decision to pursue a divorce. While many divorces can be resolved amicably through collaborative divorce or mediation, a substantial percentage of divorces become too heated for joint participation. Throughout the divorce process, you are likely to feel a wide array of emotions. Maintaining a level of calmness and composure throughout your divorce can be critically important in ensuring you do not fall into some of the most common mistakes divorcing spouses can make. 

Frequent Mistakes Made in Divorce 

A divorce can be the right decision for you for any number of reasons. If your partner has been dishonest, has recklessly spent marital assets, or communicates with you in an unhealthy manner, your best option may be to get out of the relationship. Listed below are some of the most common errors people make as they navigate the divorce process: 

  • Acting Recklessly: As you finalize the separation from your spouse, it is easy to become aggravated and angry. However, even if your spouse begins to behave in an unprofessional manner, it is important for you to remain composed. If you berate your spouse during court proceedings, your behavior will likely have a negatively impact on the court’s decisions. Additionally, bad-mouthing your spouse to friends or family or posting disparaging remarks about them on social media can only provide ammunition for your spouse’s legal team to utilize. 
  • Forgetting About Finances: The emotions of a divorce can be overwhelming, but the complicated aspects of divorce can be nuanced and intricate. Failure to recognize the importance of the financial aspects of your divorce can jeopardize your future. You should always closely evaluate any settlement agreements, from tax issues to retirement plans. While your attorney can assist you through the complex financial aspects of your divorce, it is incredibly important for you to remain involved and engaged in these matters. 
  • Not Considering the Children: Even if your relationship with your spouse has deteriorated into hostility, it is important to consider the well-being of your children as you make decisions about child custody. Joint-custody parenting can enable your children to maintain meaningful relationships with both parents. Additionally, it can be difficult for sole-custody parents to consistently receive the full child support payments they need to provide for their children. In 2013, only 45% of all sole-custody parents received their child support payments in full. Working to develop a professional parental relationship with your spouse after your divorce is often the best option for you and your children. 

Contact a Wheaton Family Law Attorney 

At the Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., our legal team is fully aware of the emotional challenges of divorce. Still, it is important to act in a professional and cordial manner throughout the entirety of the divorce process. We are more than happy to speak with you regarding the common mistakes that separating spouses can make. A divorce is a fantastic opportunity to begin a new chapter in your life and rediscover happiness, but the process of divorce is one that needs to be handled properly. To schedule an initial consultation with a DuPage County divorce lawyer, contact us today at 630-462-9500. 

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Lombard divorce mediation attorneyWhile many people think that all divorces are hostile and aggressive, couples are often able to work together to end their marriage in an amicable manner. Here in the United States, divorce mediation is a commonly used strategy to negotiate a divorce settlement. Mediation is a process in which you and your spouse work with your attorneys and a third-party mediator to resolve the outstanding issues surrounding your divorce. If you believe that mediation is the right decision for you and your family, speak with your legal team regarding your options moving forward. 

The Role of the Mediator 

Many people disregard the option of mediation due to misconceptions they have related to the role of the mediator. During mediation, the mediator will assist you and your spouse through discussions and conflict resolution. It is important to note that the mediator will not make decisions for you and your spouse but will instead work to help you resolve issues in a mutually beneficial manner. Once an agreement has been reached between the two parties, the final agreement will be presented to the judge for approval. 

The Benefits of Mediation 

There are many positive aspects of pursuing mediation. It can expedite the divorce process, save you money, and develop a foundation for you and your spouse to establish a new relationship moving forward. Even more beneficial is the manner in which mediation can impact the nuanced aspects of your divorce. When it comes to financial issues, mediation can allow both parties to reach an agreement that will allow you to meet your ongoing needs. If children are involved, parents can work to reach an amicable child custody agreement that will ensure that the children can maintain a relationship with both parties. If you and your spouse are interested in pursuing mediation, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the process. 

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Lombard family law attorney domestic violence order of protectionHere in the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by a spouse or intimate partner every minute. That means that every single year, an estimated 10 million Americans face some form of domestic abuse. The impact of domestic violence goes far beyond the initial injuries inflicted. Victims can face severe post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and even thoughts of self-harm. Fortunately, a dedicated legal team can help you remove yourself from an unhealthy and dangerous situation. 

What We Can Do 

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), approximately 25% of American women face some form of domestic violence from an intimate partner. In many cases, domestic abuse from a spouse or partner can escalate into severe or even fatal injuries. By working with a dedicated, compassionate legal team, you can ensure the safety of you and your family. Our attorneys can help with:

  • Establishing Orders of Protection: In cases of domestic abuse, your safety is our top priority. The first step we can take is obtaining an order of protection for you and your family. A restraining order can force your abuser to leave a shared residency and end any and all contact with you and your children. A temporary restraining order can be established simply through the account of the petitioner (the victim). Our team can provide you with representation in court hearings to ensure that permanent protections are put into place. 
  • A Speedy Divorce: When separating from an abusive spouse, a divorce can represent an opportunity to move forward. We understand the sensitive nature of these situations, and our team is prepared to expedite the divorce process. Here in the state of Illinois, there are over 100,000 reported cases of domestic violence each year. Separating from a violent spouse can be the best option for you and your family, and our firm is here to help. 
  • Ensuring Sole Custody: Roughly 1 in 15 American children are witnesses to domestic violence each year. Removing your children from a harmful situation can be critically important to their development. Children that witness domestic violence are more likely to struggle academically and face other emotional challenges. Securing sole custody can ensure that your children will no longer have to be a part of a violent situation. Our team is prepared to aggressively represent you and ensure that your children’s safety is protected. 

Contact a Wheaton Order of Protection Lawyer 

At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., our legal team has extensive experience dealing with issues of domestic violence. We are dedicated to handling the difficulties of a violent relationship with the care that our clients deserve. Through expediting the divorce process, helping you gain custody of your children, or obtaining orders of protection, our team is here to help you and your family. To schedule a consultation with a DuPage County family law attorney, call our office today at 630-462-9500. 

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