The end of a marriage is a complex time for every member of the family, but it can be especially difficult when one spouse is pregnant. Custody is one of the most difficult issues to resolve in an Illinois divorce, and there are many factors to consider when there is the custody of an unborn child to discuss and settle. If a couple wants to settle this matter before the birth of the child, it can help for the mother to think long-term and what will work best in the future.
The ultimate goal of any custody order is to preserve and protect the best interests of the child above all else. Since the mother is carrying the child, she will also find it helpful to think of ways to make this process easier on herself and reduce stress in any way possible. One way to do this is by securing appropriate help as early as possible in the divorce process.
In many ways, divorce for a pregnant mother is not a lot different than a divorce where the mother is not pregnant. The most important issues to resolve are those pertaining to post-birth financial expenses, child support, spousal support and custody. It may be possible for two spouses to communicate concerns and reach a beneficial conclusion out of court.
Divorce is not easy, especially when pregnant. There is great benefit in having the experienced guidance of an Illinois family law attorney at every step of this process. The terms of the divorce order will impact every member of the family for years to come, which is why it is helpful to consider long-term implications before moving forward.