How You Can Stop Your Spouse From “Using” Your Children in Illinois Divorce Cases

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How You Can Stop Your Spouse From “Using” Your Children in Illinois Divorce Cases

January 14, 2021 | Divorce, Parenting (Child Custody)

How You Can Stop Your Spouse From “Using” Your Children in Illinois Divorce Cases

In high-conflict custody cases, many parents “use” their children to gain an advantage. When custody cases are a war between parents, their children are on the front lines. Studies show, not surprisingly, this is not good for the short-term and long-term health and development of children.

There are many ways a parent involves a child to advance his/her interests. The following are only a few examples:

How can a parent going through a divorce shield his/her children from the divorce and the other parent’s self-serving behavior?Get the Court to issue a temporary restraining order and/or injunction.

A restraining order and/or injunction is a court order regulating someone’s conduct. Essentially, the Court tells someone “Do this” or “Don’t do this.” In divorce cases, restraining orders and injunctions are commonly issued to regulate parental conduct in order to protect children. (They are also common to protect one spouse or to protect marital assets). The following are common child-related injunctions:

Children should not be put in the middle of the divorce. Parents should not discuss the divorce case with them nor should they badmouth the other parent to them. A restraining order and/or injunction regulating both parents’ conduct are helpful tools to minimize the effects divorce has on children.

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