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3 Tips for Handling Child Custody Disputes in a Cook County Divorce

 Posted on February 05, 2022 in Child Custody / Parental Responsibilities

Park Ridge custody attorneyWhen parents divorce or unmarried parents break up, they will need to determine how to raise their children. In Illinois, the two main components of child custody are the allocation of parenting time and parental responsibilities. Understandably, many parents have strong opinions about how to handle parenting duties, childcare, and other child-related matters. When parents have different opinions, the situation can quickly escalate. What starts as a minor disagreement can turn into a full-blown custody battle.

If you are in a situation like this, know that you are not alone and that you have options. An experienced family law attorney knowledgeable in child custody matters can help you understand these options and take the next steps.  As you navigate the process, keep the following tips in mind: 

Educate Yourself About Illinois Child Custody Law

Each state handles child custody differently. In Illinois, divorcing parents are asked to create a “parenting plan.” This document describes how the parents will share parenting time (formerly called visitation) and parental responsibilities (decision-making authority over the child). There are over a dozen specific elements you must address in the parenting plan. Reading through this information can help you prepare a well-thought-out plan.

Work With an Attorney Who Knows Child Custody Matters Inside and Out

You do not have to figure out everything on your own.  A skilled lawyer can explain your options, help you negotiate the elements of the parenting plan, and if needed, advocate for you in court. When deciding which family law attorney to hire during your child custody dispute, make sure to ask about the potential attorney’s experience and case results. Choose an attorney who has successfully handled child custody disputes in the past.

Keep Adult Conversations Between the Adults Whenever Possible

Kids are sensitive to conflict. If possible, shelter your children from the hostility between you and your ex. Do not ask your child to pick sides or coach him or her on what to say. Try not to criticize your ex in front of your kids. Not only can this be difficult for children to handle, but it can also affect your case. One element that Illinois courts consider when making child custody decisions is each parent’s ability to foster a good relationship between the child and the other parent.

Contact a Cook County Parenting Plan Attorney

If you and your ex disagree about child custody concerns like parenting time and parental responsibilities, contact the The Law Office of George J. Skuros for help. Our Chicago family lawyers have over 30 years of experience handling family law issues such as child custody, divorce, child support, and more. Call our office for a free consultation today at 312-884-1222.




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