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Attorney Leslie Fineberg Discusses Important Steps to Settling Child Custody Quickly

By Nottage and Ward on July 25, 2012

As an experienced divorce attorney at Illinois family law firm Nottage and Ward, Leslie Fineberg has seen both contentious child custody cases that must be resolved in court, as well as child custody arrangements that are established through calmer mediation or other means. Ultimately, the best way to come to a custody arrangement quickly that suits the best interests of the child, as well as the interests of the parents, is through collaboration, mediation or other forms of personal negotiations between you and your spouse. When you leave it up to the court to decide your child custody case, chances are multiple parties will be unhappy with the result.

An article in The Huffington Post also supports this view and uses the recent example of the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorce, which was finalized within a matter of weeks and included a child custody arrangement. The secret? Coming to an arrangement together. Not all relationships are healthy enough to accomplish this however. The qualities parents must have to come to a quick and equitable custody arrangement include placing the child’s best interests first; respecting the importance of a strong relationship between the child and the other parent; being practical and realistic; and being generally cooperative. Without these, agreeing on a child custody arrangement together would be difficult (but not necessarily impossible).

When trying to come to a child custody agreement with your ex, outside of the courtroom, keep the following things in mind:

  • Determine and generally agree on what is in the best interests of the child.
  • Try not to renegotiate long-standing parenting agreements.
  • Be reasonable.
  • Stick to the important issues; wasting time on insignificant ones can hurt your negotiations.
  • Focus on the child; remember that the child custody arrangement will affect your children) more than you and your ex.

Your child custody arrangement will have a substantial impact on your child’s future and so both parties should make a concerted effort to come to a mutually agreed-upon arrangement. If you have questions or concerns regarding child custody in Illinois, Chicago child custody lawyer Leslie Fineberg and the Nottage and Ward legal team can help. Call us to learn more at (312) 332-2915.

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