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Child custody and visitation can be made easier

Most Illinois parents who divorce recognize the anxiety the changes can cause for children. For that reason, careful consideration is typically given when making decisions about child custody and visitation. Although shared parenting might be regarded as the best option, it might not be possible if one of the parents relocate to a different area.

However, measures can be taken to make it easier for children to adjust. Keeping the child's routine unchanged will help to maintain the sense of order such as the time they rise and go to bed, their routine to get ready for school and playtime with friends. While a child may need extra love and care, it is important not to become lenient with relation to rules and punishment.

If a child has access to familiar things at the houses of both parents, the transition between parents will be less traumatic -- especially if the child can choose which personal items should be at which home. Another aspect that might help is if the child can have his or her own room, which will be his or her special place in each parent's house. This may increase a child's sense of belonging to both parents.

One thing that most Illinois parents likely know is that it could be damaging to children if parents involve them in their arguments. Adult issues can cause children to feel responsible, and any parent who struggles to cope with the conflict can consult with an experienced Illinois family law attorney. A lawyer can assist in finding solutions for child custody and visitation issues that may benefit all parties.

Source: children-and-divorce.com, "Child support divorce", Accessed on Sept. 20, 2017

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