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What causes stress in child custody situations?

After a divorce, one of the best things that you can do is to try to reduce the amount of stress in the home. This can help a child grow up in a caring environment where their needs and desires are actually being put first. Now, it can be hard to eliminate stress, so it's important to pinpoint what causes it in Illinois and elsewhere, and then it can be targeted.

First of all, the child custody situation can play a huge role. It is commonly acknowledged that, despite some recent work to change the way that the system is set up, mothers tend to get custody more often than fathers after a divorce.

For a mother, this can create stress because of the time that it takes up. She may feel like she does not have the chance to have fun or enjoy a normal social life. She may also be stressed because the ex-husband may not be coming through with proper child support payments.

For a father, the stress could stem from the fact that the mother has the child so much more often. This can build resentment. A father may feel like his own child is being kept from him far too often. The times that he does have with the child, then, may not be as fulfilling as they should be.

There are many ways to fight back against stress, and one of them is to work hard to create a fair child custody situation that works for both parents. To do this, all parents should be aware of what rights they have and how they can apply them.

Source: Huffington Post, "3 Steps To Raising A Happy Child" David Kanegis, Sep. 18, 2014

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