If you and your children’s other parent will no longer be living together, the matter of when your children are with you and when they are with your ex is a primary concern. Addressing the matter of who will be making the major parenting decisions that determine your children’s upbringing is also critical, and if you find yourself facing such concerns – either as a result of a divorce, a breakup, or in terms of a post-decree modification – you should not wait to consult with an experienced child custody attorney in Palatine.
A big part of being a parent is making the important decisions that direct your kids’ childhoods, and the State of Illinois addresses this aspect of child custody as parental responsibilities. The categories of decisions involved include those related to the following:
When you are married or together, you and your children’s other parent make these big picture decisions as a team, but when this is not the case, you have the following options:
Emergency decisions must be made by the available parent, and the more mundane what’s for lunch kind of decisions remain the job of the parent who is responsible for the kids at the time.
How you and your ex divide your time with your shared children is called parenting time in Illinois. When the state is called upon to make parenting time decisions, it generally issues standard schedules, but if you resolve this divorce term on your own, you’ll have far more scheduling options. The basics when it comes to parenting time include that one of you will have the kids the majority of the time (becoming the primary custodial parent), or you’ll split your time with the kids more evenly.
The matter of child support tends to also feature prominently in child custody cases. Child support is the payment tool used by the state to help ensure that both parents support their children financially – according to each parent’s financial ability to do so. As such, even if you and your ex have a parenting time schedule that splits your time with your shared kids exactly in half, the parent who earns more is likely to have the child support obligation.
The accomplished child custody attorneys at SLG Family Law in Palatine take great pride in their impressive track record of successfully guiding cases like yours toward favorable outcomes that honor our clients’ parental rights. To learn more about how we can also help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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