Many Illinois residents know that divorce can have an emotional impact on the parties involved, including children. In numerous cases, children may be the ones most affected by their parents' divorce and the outcomes of child custody agreements. In order to potentially lessen the negative effects that could stem from a separation, parents may want to consider shared custody and possible co-parenting.
A recent report noted that children who are raised by only one parent make up considerable percentages of negative statistics, including 63 percent of teenagers who have committed suicide. Statistics such as these could possibly point to the need for children to have both parents in their lives. As a result, some parties may consider shared custody a step toward ensuring that children have active participation in their lives from both parents.