After parents have gone through the divorce process, child custody arrangements have likely been made. These agreements typically provide for the children to live the majority of their time with one parent, with fewer days spent with the other parent. Once child custody agreements are made, they may stay the same for some time, but modifications could come about if circumstances change.
For some Illinois parents, they may be hurt and dismayed if their child comes to them and expresses a desire to live with the other parent. It may be difficult for parents to understand why a child would want a change, and their ideas may jump to the worst conclusions. If the other parent’s house has less rules, they may fear that their child will become less disciplined and start getting into trouble. However, the want of change could also be due to a lack of emotional connection with one parent or the other.