Preparing children to spend time with the other parent

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Parents in Illinois will generally share custody and visitation rights to their children. Therefore, they will generally need to decide ahead of time how they will make the transition from one parent to the other easier on themselves and their children. Ideally, parents will spend time creating a plan that includes details such as when and where transitions will occur. The children should also be notified in advance so that they know what to expect.

It can be a good idea to allow children to bring comfort items with them wherever they go. These items could include a blanket, stuffed animal or a favorite video game. Parents should allow children to choose which items to bring as it gives them a sense of control in an otherwise uncertain situation. Reducing a child’s stress or anxiety level can also be helpful to the other parent.

Children should be encouraged to think of the positives associated with spending time with the other parent. Doing so can also help to reassure a child that a parent is going to be all right while he or she is gone. Parents are encouraged to remain calm in front of their children prior to a custody transition. If a parent appears to be in good spirits, there is a greater chance that the child will be in good spirits as well.

When a parent makes a decision, it will ideally be in the best interest of the child. This may be true as it relates to sharing custody with the child’s other parent or creating the parameters of a parenting plan. Those who are struggling to create a plan on their own may want to consider asking a mediator or judge for help. An attorney may also assist with creating a parenting plan.

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