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Finding a child's best interests is imperative to growth

When a couple makes the decision to divorce in Illinois, their choice can have a ripple effect on a lot of people. Among those most significantly affected are their children who may be left reeling with emotions and questions about why their parents are no longer married. Helping children cope and find healthy ways of acknowledging the changes in their life is important to give them a chance to express their concerns and to establish a new routine that will become accepted over time. 

A common term associated with child custody is "best interests." This term suggests that a child's best interests be considered in determining which parent receives sole custody, if parenting will be split and who will be the primary caretaker among other decisions. According to verywellfamily.com, some of the aspects that are taken into consideration include consistency in the child's schedule, how old the child is and whether or not they will be safe in certain environments. Courts also pay attention to each parents' ability to provide responsible care in raising their children, as well as how a new routine will affect the child's ability to perform in school and social environments. 

When parents are preparing for a custody hearing, their efforts can make a considerable difference in how successful they are at making their case. Verywellfamily.com suggests that parents learn about the process of acquiring custody in their state, as well as pay close attention to the documents they collect in preparation for their court date. When in a court setting, parents should maintain civility, honesty and respect in listening to the negotiations that are being made in preparation for a final decision.  

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