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b2ap3_thumbnail_child-custody-schedule-illinois.jpgFinding the perfect child custody schedule for your children can be difficult. With the school year just beginning, many split custody families are testing out their school year custody schedule, one that can be very different from a summer vacation schedule. The best custody arrangement is one that allows your children to feel loved and supported, provides a stable environment, and allows access to quality time spent with both parents. Here are some key things to remember when arranging your child custody schedule with your child's other parent.

Be Realistic

When initially vying for child custody, it’s common for anger and other emotions to cloud your judgment. Try to avoid using your children’s custody schedule as a way to attack your soon to be ex. Do not let your child custody plan be based on your own insecurities or in an attempt to hurt your spouse. Many parents, whose judgments are clouded by emotions, overextend themselves and demand full custody or close to it, when, really, they are unable to actually care well for their children. Consider your own schedule, living arrangements, and other commitments before asking for a large amount of scheduled time with your children. Hopefully you have an attorney by your side during the initial custody arrangement process, so he or she can help steer you in the right direction if necessary.

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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.

child custody mistakes, Illinois child custody lawyerIn the event of a divorce, determining custody of the couple’s child(ren) can be the most emotional part of the process. Gaining custody tends to be the primary focus for each parent, above all other allocations. With the amount of pressure placed on custody hearings, divorcing couples often make mistakes that can negatively impact the court’s determination regarding the child custody plan.

The most important thing to remember during custody negotiations is the priority of the child’s well-being. In order to determine a favorable outcome, parents should be aware of five mistakes that can have a significant impact on the outcome of the proceedings.

Mistake One: The couple’s hostility toward each other is more apparent than their love for their children.

The court will come to a decision based on their determination on what will be best for the child(ren). Divorcing parents should never let negative feelings toward their spouse be made known to their child(ren). Parents should refrain from speaking negatively about the child(ren)’s father or mother if the child(ren) could overhear, and should also avoid posting negative comments on social media or other public platforms.

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