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What Are the Benefits of Parallel Parenting in an Illinois Divorce?

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Geneva divorce attorney for parenting plansA divorce can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life, regardless of whether you were married for a few years or a few decades. When you and your spouse have children together, adapting to life after the marriage ends can be very difficult. You will have to learn how to co-parent your children, even if you do not see eye-to-eye on everything. However, the most important thing to remember in a high-conflict divorce is to keep your children’s best interests in mind. “Parallel parenting” is an arrangement in which divorced spouses can co-parent by disengaging from each other, with limited direct contact, while remaining fully connected to their children. This version of co-parenting can be appropriate for ex-spouses who are unable to communicate with each other in a healthy or civil manner. 

Co-Parenting With Your Children’s Best Interests in Mind

One of the obstacles that divorced parents often face is determining how to resolve disputes over child-related issues, such as the allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody) and parenting time (visitation). In some cases, parents can agree who will be granted the majority of the decision-making authority, including decisions regarding medical care, education, and religious upbringing. If they cannot reach a mutual arrangement, then the court will decide for them based on factors that affect the children’s best interests. For example, one parent may assume the decision-making responsibility for medical decisions, while the other parent handles anything related to educational goals. While both parents may agree on major decisions regarding their children’s upbringing, they may separately decide the logistics of day-to-day parenting when the children are in each parent’s care. That means each household might have a different set of rules related to discipline or other issues.

With parallel parenting, the ex-spouses typically only communicate through written means, such as email or text messages. That means there is limited in-person contact, face-to-face interaction such as video calls, or even phone conversations. This type of co-parenting can be especially helpful for high-conflict divorces in which the former partners do not get along and are prone to arguing. By using this method, you and your ex can work out the details of where children will stay on certain holidays via electronic means instead of getting into a heated dispute in front of the kids. 

A few of the other benefits of utilizing a parallel parenting approach include: 

  • Provides reduced stress for the children
  • Offers an effective form of communication between the parents
  • Allows the co-parenting relationship to improve and evolve over time

Contact a Geneva, IL Divorce Lawyer

A divorce under any circumstances can be complicated, and it can also be financially and emotionally taxing. When kids are involved, a couple can never really be entirely free from each other, since they will have to continue working together as co-parents. At the Law Offices of Douglas B. Warlick & Associates, we can help you create a parenting agreement that will meet your family’s needs. Attorney Warlick has nearly 40 years of experience, both as a successful trial attorney and as a master negotiator, and he assists with all types of divorce and family law matters, even the most contentious ones. Our dedicated Kane County divorce attorneys are here to help you address your divorce-related concerns while protecting your rights every step of the way. To schedule your confidential consultation, call us today at 630-232-9700.

Sources:
https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=2086&ChapterID=59

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=2086&ChapterID=59&SeqStart=8300000&SeqEnd=10000000

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/co-parenting-after-divorce/201309/parallel-parenting-after-divorce

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