Child custody concerns are often a term of divorce, but child custody modifications after divorce – in response to significant change – and child custody matters between parents who were never married are also common. When your rights as a parent are involved, it’s an important legal matter, and having an experienced Orland Park child custody attorney on your side is in your best interest.
Illinois has done away with the terms legal custody and physical custody and has replaced them with parental responsibilities and parenting time, respectively. Parental responsibilities determine how you and your children’s other parent will address the matter of making key parenting decisions, and parenting time refers to the schedule by which you and your children’s other parent will split your overnights with your shared children. Each is a pillar of your parental rights and needs to be explored further.
The kinds of decisions that parental responsibilities focus on are those that shape your children’s lives, including matters such as the following:
You and your spouse have a range of options when it comes to this decision-making authority, including:
When decisions need to be made in emergency situations and when everyday decisions arise, the parent who is with the kids at the time – or who can be reached first – is responsible for making them.
When parents think of child custody, they tend to think of their time with their children, and this is what parenting time entails. You and your divorcing spouse can devise a schedule whereby you split your time with your kids in a way that works for everyone involved, or the court will provide you with one of its own standard parenting time schedules. There are two primary options when it comes to parenting time:
The capable Orland Park parenting attorneys at SLG Family Law have an impressive track record of helping clients like you resolve their child custody cases favorably – in protection of their parental rights and best interests. For more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us today.
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