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Child custody: Handling visitation issues for the holidays

Heading into the holiday season might have many divorced parents in Illinois planning visitation schedules. While most parents want what is best for their children, regardless of which one has child custody, this could be a challenging process. Advisers say there are some old and established mindsets that be best replaced with new ones to benefit building more effective co-parenting relationships.

The old mindset of the custodial parent was thinking he or she is the only essential one in the relationship rather than recognizing that their children can benefit from both parents. Instead of competing to get more time, parents might pause to realize that the strengths of one parent could complement the weaknesses of the other. When both parents are involved in the lives of the children, the old mindset of wanting to parent alone might deny the children the benefits of having collaborative parents, even if they are living in different places.

The challenge is to bury the past and focus on the future and co-parenting relationships that will benefit their children. Many parents have realized that it is far less challenging not to keep strict tabs on every minute the children spend with each parent. Being flexible and even letting parenting time overlap sometimes can make the entire process less stressful. Parents who are willing to compromise and swap visitation now and then may not realize the essential lessons their children can learn from this.

Illinois parents who need assistance with scheduling parenting and visitation time can seek support and guidance from an experienced family law attorney. After assessing the circumstances, the lawyer can suggest solutions to help resolve issues of contention. An attorney can assist with any other child custody issues there might be at the same time.

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