How to Have Quality Parenting Time After Your Illinois Divorce
Getting a divorce can be one of the most difficult decisions of someone’s life. In some cases, couples may put it off if they have children because they cannot bear the thought of not seeing their kids all of the time. Parents also might worry about the negative impact the split may have on the children. However, studies show that youngsters are resilient and often handle major life transitions better than adults. Also, if spouses are unhappy, constant conflict and arguing in front of the kids does not do anyone any good, causing a lot of stress and anxiety. Learning to share parenting time can be challenging, but an experienced attorney can help you and your ex-spouse achieve a co-parenting arrangement that works for everyone.
Making the Most of Your Time Together
In Illinois, divorced parents must create a parenting plan that outlines living arrangements and shared time with the children as well as how decisions will be made regarding education and healthcare. Depending on your situation, you and your ex might be able to mutually agree on the details of your parenting plan. If you have difficulty coming to an agreement, the court will become involved, and a judge will make decisions for you. In any case, they will consider several factors to make determinations based on what is in the best interest of their children.
Although one parent may be awarded the majority of the parenting time in Illinois, the other parent will still have scheduled time. Whether you are caring for your kids during the week or every other weekend, making the most of your time is important for you and your children. Engaging with them by asking them about their week or what is going on in their lives shows that you are interested and care.
A few of the ways that you can better enjoy this valuable time is by engaging in the following with your children:
- Make sure you are not arriving late when picking up or dropping off the kids.
- Turn off the electronic devices (phone, computer, tablet)
- Play board games.
- Do a house project or make crafts.
- Try new recipes.
- Attend the children’s school or sporting events.
- Take a walk or go hiking outside.
- Dance, play musical instruments, or have a sing-along.
Although certain extracurricular activities might be canceled or postponed due to COVID-19, you may still be able to participate virtually through video conferencing apps such as Zoom or FaceTime.
Contact a Palatine Divorce Lawyer
Life after divorce can be complicated when you and your former spouse have children together. Co-parenting may be difficult at first, but there are ways to maintain a healthy relationship with your kids. At The Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, we are well-versed in Illinois divorce laws. Our accomplished Barrington family law attorney treats each client with care and compassion. To learn how we can help you with your case, call us today at 847.873.6741 to arrange your free consultation.