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How do I work with a former in-law for my kids?

Perhaps at no time other than during and after a divorce may an Illinois resident realize just how much thicker blood can be than water. As soon as you and your spouse announce your intention to get a divorce, familial allegiances may fire up. While this may have its own positive side in that you and your spouse might receive support from your own relatives, it can also come with its own set of challenges. Some of these challenges may actually end up hurting the kids if the adults are not careful.

Many husbands and wives develop very special relationships with the parents of their spouses. These relationships may be in serious jeopardy when the couple gets divorced. However, it is more than just the in-law and spouse relationship that stands to suffer. Those in-laws are the grandparents of the children whose parents are divorcing. suggests it is important for spouses to find a way to work past the difficulties for the sake of their kids.

One way to do this is to encourage special time for kids and their grandparents even if they are with you rather than leaving that to your spouse to manage. This sends a strong signal to your kids that both sets of grandparents are important and it also lets your former in-laws know that you are committed to maintaining their involvement in their grandchildren's lives.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give divorcing Illinois residents an overview of some of the ways they can maintain positive relationships with their former mothers- and fathers-in-law after getting divorced.


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