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child custody battle, Naperville IL divorce attorneyGoing through a divorce is stressful, expensive, and emotionally draining. Add children into the mix, and the situation becomes even more difficult. Even the most amicable of divorces involving children have their tense moments, as parents do their best to establish a plan for raising their children post divorce. Many parents, however, face less than amicable spouses that intend to fight against them for the custody of their children. Fighting for child custody is one of the most difficult, emotional processes a parent can go through. A child custody battle should not be taken lightly, and involves serious preparation by any party that intends on being involved in the child’s life. If you foresee a difficult court battle against your spouse, these steps can help you prepare for your time in court.

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For those fortunate enough to be divorcing amicably, hiring an attorney may not be necessary. Many parents that divorce peacefully are able to negotiate a custody agreement that works for both of them outside of court. If you anticipate a fight from your ex, however, hiring a qualified attorney is extremely important. Your ex, if they intend to fight against you for child custody, has likely already hired an attorney, so it is important that you find representation for yourself.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody attorney,A recent blog post discussed five common mistakes former spouses and parents may make as they move through the divorce and child custody plan processes. Since obtaining custody is a battle fraught with emotion and tension, mistakes are easy to make, and it is important for parents to understand how best to avoid them. Parents seeking custody of their child(ren) should always be looking out for the best interest of their child(ren) and should avoid the following scenarios during the child custody negotiation process.

Mistake Six: Using Your Children to Spy on Your Spouse

Parents should not coerce or encourage their child(ren) to gather information about their spouse or the happenings in their spouse’s household. This tactic is frowned upon, and if it becomes knows by the judge, the court, or the opposing attorney, the parent engaged in spying can have most or all of their custody privileges denied.

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