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What information can help you arrange child custody?

When you are in the process of getting divorced from your spouse in Illinois, one of the tasks that you will face is negotiating a child custody arrangement that observes the best interests and needs of your children. A well-written child custody agreement will allow both you and your spouse to continue playing a valuable role in the lives of your children while still being able to maintain personal boundaries. 

Developing a child custody agreement is often more complicated than it sounds. You will probably need to be flexible in negotiating the terms of your agreement and both you and your spouse will have to sacrifice some desires in order to reach an agreement that benefits all of the parties involved. There are also options to include clauses that can enable your agreement to be modified should your life's circumstances change. 

According to, some of the information that you should assess in preparing to create an agreement include the type of custody you are seeking. Depending on the reason your marriage is ending, your children's relationship with your spouse and your family dynamic, you could be seeking sole custody or shared custody. If you already have an informal agreement, you may want to consider the arrangements you have already made as a foundation for a formal agreement. You should also assess your financial status and needs, as well as how effectively you are able to communicate with your ex despite the change in your relationship. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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