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DuPage County divorce attorney parenting plan

If you and your spouse have children together, your co-parenting relationship will likely extend even beyond a possible divorce, perhaps for several years into the future depending on your children’s ages. The necessity of co-parenting with your ex-spouse can be a major source of stress, but it does not always have to be difficult. However, there are things you can do both during and after the divorce process to help you and your ex continue to work together effectively for the good of your children.

Creating an Illinois Parenting Plan

The first step toward successful co-parenting with your ex is to work together during the divorce process to create a parenting plan that prioritizes the best interests of your children and is manageable for both parents. The two primary components of your parenting plan are parenting time and the allocation of parental responsibilities.

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DuPage County divorce attorney litigation

Getting a divorce can be extremely difficult under any circumstances, as you contemplate ending a commitment that you made and what it will mean for your future and that of your family. The thought of having to go to trial and discuss your personal matters in front of the court can add even more anxiety and stress. The good news is that despite what you see in many dramatic media portrayals, the vast majority of divorces are settled without having to go to trial. There are several options that you can explore to resolve your divorce without the time, money, and invasion of privacy that a contested court case often entails.

Alternatives to a Litigated Divorce in Illinois

If the decision to divorce is mutual and you and your spouse are willing to cooperate, chances are good that you can avoid litigation with a trial and instead reach a divorce agreement through one of the following alternative dispute resolutions:

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DuPage County divorce attorney child custody

You and your spouse have always been civil with one another, but you two both agree that you would be better off divorced. Due to your positive relationship with each other, you anticipate an amicable divorce. It might even be an uncontested divorce, or you both might mutually agree to the terms without much, if any, heated arguments. But that does not mean that you do not need a lawyer. Even when cooperating with your spouse in an agreeable way as you decide on the terms of your divorce, there are some issues that a lawyer can help you address.

6 Reasons You Need an Attorney Even if Your Divorce Is Uncontested

Among the benefits of having an experienced attorney by your side even during an amicable divorce are:

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