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New Lenox parenting plan lawyer

Parenting a child is rarely easy, especially if you are now a single parent. Though co-parenting can be extremely beneficial for the children, it does present many challenges for parents. Some divorced couples can call it quits and never have to speak to each other again. However, as a parent, you will always be attached to your ex-spouse because of your children. Co-parenting can be difficult, because you may still have feelings of anger or sadness toward your spouse, but you still have to work with them in order to be the parents your children deserve. Here are a few tips that can help you be the best co-parent you can after your Illinois divorce:

Do Not Put Your Kids in the Middle of You and Your Ex’s Problems

In many cases, divorce is not a mutual decision. This can breed feelings of resentment or anger toward your ex-spouse, which can be difficult to control. However, it is important to remember that your issues with your ex are not your child’s issues, and it is not fair of you to put your children between the two of you. Never use your children to convey messages to the other parent, and never confide in your children about the issues between you and your ex-spouse.

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New Lenox divorce and child custody attorney

If you are getting divorced, and you have children, there are an entire set of issues that must be addressed that will be unique to this type of case. You and your spouse must decide where the children will live, what kind of parenting time arrangements will work for you, and, arguably most importantly, how decisions concerning the children will be made. Illinois courts urge you and your spouse to reach an agreement about these issues on your own, but that is not always possible. If you and your spouse are not able to come to an agreement, the court will step in, and a judge will make these decisions for you.

Types of Significant Decisions

What used to be known as “child custody” is now called “allocation of parental responsibilities” in Illinois. In general, significant decision-making responsibilities include any decisions that must be made about the child’s life. The judge can allocate the right to make each of these decisions to one or both of the parents. Decision-making responsibilities that will be allocated include:

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