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The co-parenting movement

Illinois residents who divorce may have to deal with a number of issues, and one of the biggest is how to handle raising children after a marriage ends. This can be difficult for a number of reasons; people who divorce often feel acrimonious towards each other, and it can be a struggle not to put children in the middle. Additionally, those who divorce will have to hash out issues like who gets child custody and who will pay child support.

In an effort to help divorced parents care for their children, a "co-parenting" movement has sprung up. These groups are often run by churches or local family services centers, and they try to give people the tools they need to work with their former spouses and raise their kids together even if they are no longer in a relationship. Co-parenting can be very important, as demonstrated in a review published in the Journal of Family Psychology that showed that less parental conflict led to improved behavioral and academic outcomes.

Some of the major tenets of co-parenting include putting children first and being mature about the situation. Many individuals who have divorced struggle with feelings of animosity and the desire to get even, but those feelings have to be left behind to successfully raise children together. Instead of setting up rules for how much time each parent should have with kids, it is better to focus on making children feel safe and secure.

Issues related to custody and visitation can be difficult during a divorce, and decisions made can have a huge impact on someone's life. A lawyer could help divorcing individuals understand what their rights are and how Illinois laws may affect their case.

Source: Lancaster Online, "Learn to co-parent successfully after divorce", Kimberly Marselas, July 23, 2013

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