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Helping children to thrive after a divorce

100266737_s.jpgEvery parent in Illinois wants to raise well-balanced and emotionally stable children. For this to happen, it's often important that the kids have a relationship with both of their parents. If the parents are separated, however, relationships could suffer. That's why exes should take steps to co-parent effectively.

While there are likely serious issues that caused the parents to split up, they will need to come together and do what is best for their children. They should openly communicate about the parenting schedule. When the children see that each ex-spouse is working together for their well-being, they are likely to feel a sense of security.

Coming up with a parenting time schedule that works for everyone may be a challenge. However, it is absolutely necessary to help ensure the children's best interests. The schedule will need to be adjusted as the kids get older since their needs are going to change.

When children are 10 or younger, each parent needs to show enthusiasm and support for the schedule. It is good to remind the children a couple of days ahead of time that they will be switching to the other household. This allows them to anticipate the change and then adapt to it. Older children will appreciate more flexibility in their schedules.

While some couples who have gone through a divorce can co-parent successfully, others experience more challenges. Some have turned to legal counsel to find out if there is anything that they can do to change a current child custody order. They may feel that having physical custody of the children is better for everyone involved. An attorney could provide information about modifying child custody arrangements.

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