Studies underscore just how important a role a father plays in the life of a child following a divorce or separation. Some research suggests that children can suffer anxiety, poor grades, low self-esteem and anger when a father and child do not maintain a significant relationship.
Even under the best circumstances, divorce or separation can shake a child’s confidence. Children of divorce often wonder if they will continue to be loved, cared for, and safe. If the parents can work out a plan where the child can benefit from a fulfilling relationship with both parents, children typically adjust to divorce and separation more easily.
Helping Children Deal with Divorce | Illinois Parenting Plans
Parents can help reassure a child by negotiating a parenting plan that reduces conflict between parents and encourages a good relationship between the child and both parents. Although resentment during and after divorce can run high, it is important for your child to know they are loved by both parents and it is okay to love both parents in return. Never force a child to take sides, even unintentionally, because it can undermine his or her relationship with both parents.
Lay the groundwork to make the changes that come with a divorce or separation easier to accept by being sensitive to their child’s needs. A child can adjust to having two households with varied rules and parenting styles if they feel their needs will be met. Developing a parenting plan that is fair and workable will help your child navigate the changes more easily and gain confidence in their new circumstances.
When you have questions regarding Illinois parenting plans, contact the Law Offices of Ronald L. Bell & Associates for answers today. Parenting plans are never a one size fits all – every situation is unique. Contact our Libertyville Illinois Family Law office today for assistance with Illinois your parenting time and responsibility concerns at 847-495-6000.