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Gather the necessary weapons for a child custody battle

Although more and more divorcing couples in Illinois avoid litigation, there will likely always be some breakups that are contentious and not resolvable in negotiation or mediation. Sadly, in such cases, it is often one parent who uses the children to punish the other parent and to do whatever is possible to prevent that parent from sharing child custody. In preparation for litigation, the other parent may have to go to great lengths to prove he or she is a loving and nurturing parent.

To show the court that he or she can provide in the daily needs of the children, the parent can document every aspect of the time spent with the children. Quality time spent in family-centered events with memorabilia and photos could demonstrate the commitment to being a good parent. Frequent interaction with the teachers along with regular medical and dental appointments and relatives, friends, doctors and teachers as character witnesses may also be helpful in the court.

However, it may be wise to look out for traps set by a vindictive soon-to-be ex. Avoid engaging in angry or aggressive interactions that might be set up to portray one parent as having anger and control issues. Alcohol and drugs can also be detrimental to the outcome of child custody battles, and the same applies to making threats against the other parent. Furthermore, honesty will always be the best manner in which to handle these issues, and ideas to make false claims against the other parent are best forgotten.

A parent who can show that he or she has the best interests of the children at heart may be victorious in a child custody battle. Along with all the other aspects of a contentious divorce, fighting to remain a part of the lives of the children may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, the support and guidance of an experienced Illinois family law attorney are available to prepare the parent for the legal proceedings and assist with navigating them.

Source:, "Litigation and Custody", Stacy Taylor, Accessed on Dec. 29, 2017

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