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Having children in a relationship adds a layer of complexity that couples without children simply do not have. So when going through a divorce, the same concepts apply.
Put your children’s welfare first. Never use your children as a weapon against your spouse.Be sure your children have ample time with the other parent. They need it. Don’t introduce your children to your new romantic partner until the children have adjusted to your separation and your new relationship is stable.
Co-parenting starts the day the decision is made to divorce has been made. Even the most amicable divorces need a plan for future co-parenting. Putting your children’s best interests first, no matter how much you may dislike their other parent, is the key to co-parenting.
If you are contemplating a divorce or going through a divorce this holiday season, it is crucial that you don’t make your children suffer during the holidays... or for any other time for that matter.
In deciding child custody, the Illinois court does not consider the gender of the custodial parent. The court considers all relevant factors including the wishes of the child's parents, the wishes of the child, the relationship of the child with the parents, siblings, and any other person who significantly affects the child's best interest, the child's adjustment to home, school, and community, the mental and physical health of everyone, any physical violence by the child's potential custodian, whether directed at the child or at another person, episodes of repeated abuse whether directed at the child or directed at another person, and the willingness and ability of each parent to encourage a close relationship between the other parent and the child.
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