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Coordinating a parenting plan that benefits everyone

When a couple makes the decision to separate and get a divorce in Illinois, their decision instantly becomes more complicated if they have had children together. While the logistics of separation and co-parenting may not seem too complicated at first, if differences are not addressed immediately, long-term strife and contention may soon overtake any promise of a beneficial relationship. 

One of the first tasks that parents will need to accomplish is coordinating a parenting plan that plays to the individual needs of each party. As the creation of their plan is underway, parents should pay critical attention to the ages, needs and desires of their children, as well as the kind of relationship they maintain with each of their parents. While disagreements will be unavoidable in many instances, parents who take a flexible, open-minded and submissive approach to making a parenting plan, will often have a greater chance at coordinating something that will encourage good relationships and continual support.

According to Parents, some of the tips that they should implement include the following:

  • Being supportive parents and supportive of each other despite the separation.
  • Making time to hear their child's feelings and take their thoughts into consideration when creating and modifying the parenting plan.
  • Maintaining a realistic perspective of their schedule and their ex's schedule when coordinating visitation. 
  • Avoiding all negative talk or gossip about the other parent, especially in front of their children. 

The American Psychological Association reports that in the United States, nearly half of all relationships end in divorce.  

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