One of the terms of divorce that has the potential to become the most hotly contested of all is child custody. Child custody disputes can also arise outside of divorce, and matters related to child custody tend to be legally complicated, which makes working closely with an experienced child custody lawyer in Orland Park well advised.
Child custody – both physical and legal – is now called parental responsibilities in Illinois, but the basics have not changed. These responsibilities include decision-making authority and your parenting time (how you and your ex divide your time with your children) – both of which are incorporated in your parenting plan.
A fundamental responsibility of parenting is making important decisions on behalf of your children, including decisions related to the following:
You and your children’s other parent can share decision-making authority by making decisions together or by dividing them between you according to the kind of decision being made. Conversely, one of you may take on sole decision-making authority (or may have tie-breaking authority).
You and your ex will divide your time with your children in one of two ways. Either one of you will take on the role of the primary custodial parent, or you will divide your parenting time more evenly between you. Within these primary groupings, there is considerable room for variance.
If you and your divorcing spouse are able to negotiate terms between yourselves (availing yourselves of your respective child custody lawyer’s guidance and alternative dispute resolution options, such as mediation), the matter will not require the court’s intervention. If you can’t, however, find a middle ground, the court will need to intervene.
When the court makes determinations that pertain to children, they always allow the best interests of those children to guide them. As such, the following factors come into play:
The formidable child custody lawyers at SLG Family Law in Orland Park dedicate their practice to skillfully advocating for child custody terms that uphold their clients’ parental rights. If you are facing a child custody concern, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.
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