Ending a marriage often means big changes are on the horizon, especially when children are involved. These days, most parents in Illinois agree on joint custody as their preferred child custody arrangement. Joint custody typically means children will be transitioning between parental households. These transitions can be emotionally challenging for both parents and children. Here are a few ways to make these household transitions easier for everyone.
Be on time
Being late to a parent changeover often leads to conflict. These household transitions are going to be a part of life for many years. If a parent is running late to a pickup or drop-off, they should notify the other parent as soon as possible.
Nothing will make a household transition more stressful for the children than conflict between their parents. Co-parents will always have disagreements, but when the children are transitioning between households is not the time to try and work things out. Most children are hyper-aware of their parents’ emotions and body language, so keep these parental conversations private.
Let them know what to expect
One of the best ways to ease fears and alleviate anxiety in children is to let them know what they can expect when transitioning between households. Keep the kids informed of their schedules by reminding them early in the day. Children are better able to adjust when they are aware of an upcoming parenting changeover. Illinois residents who need help or have questions regarding child custody may want to consider speaking with a legal professional. A seasoned family law attorney can answer tough questions and provide guidance throughout this journey.