Illinois is one state with extremely strict requirements for child custody. The laws are firm, which makes it possible to protect children regardless of their circumstances.
One thing every parent should remember is that it isn't their divorce that will affect their child the most. Instead, it's how they act during and after that divorce.
Going through a divorce isn't always easy, but the good news is that there are things that can help. From going through mediation to allowing a judge to determine the outcome of your case, there are always things that can be done to resolve a divorce.
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Mediation is something that helps significantly with certain divorces. For individuals who are able to negotiate with one another and who can agree to work together for the betterment of their situation, mediation can provide the loose structure needed to resolve disputes without having to go to court.
Prior to the decision to file for divorce, many couples see an uptick in the number, duration and intensity of their arguments. Their emotions can lead to more frequent and more heated fights, that involve everything from bad language to physical violence. Studies have shown for years that domestic abuse in a home has an obviously detrimental impact on children, even if they themselves aren't necessarily the target of the abuse. Recent research indicates that the act of yelling at or around children could, in some ways, be just as detrimental.