The deterioration of a marriage is emotionally draining. Having to face family members and answer questions about the breakup can be particularly hard. In the case of divorcing spouses with children, facing the situation is unavoidable. Child custody and time-sharing plans are often a point of contention, especially when it comes to special occasions. With the holidays right around the corner, the following tips can help makes things easier for everyone involved.
When parents get divorced, family courts today are more likely to favor joint parenting plans, which allow both parties to play an active and engaged role in the child’s life. Under the Illinois Statutes (750 ILCS 5/), parental responsibilities may be allocated between the parents, depending on the particular circumstances involved.
Provided both are willing and able to meet the child’s needs, Illinois court parenting plans may divide time over the holidays, with each having the right to custody on certain days each year. That means if you are granted custody over Thanksgiving or winter holidays, your child is likely to spend the following year in your former spouse’s care.
The American Academy of Children and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) advises keeping things simple and straightforward when it comes to making plans for the holidays or talking about the issues involved. Reassure your child that they are in no way responsible for the situation and that both you and their other parent will continue to love and be there for them, no matter what. When it comes to making practical arrangements, keep the following in mind:
Whether it involves making child time-sharing arrangements during a divorce or modifying an existing order in your case, our Illinois child custody attorneys provide the professional legal guidance you need. Call or contact Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C. online today and request a consultation to discuss your case.
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