Deciding how parental responsibility, custody and parenting time will be divided is a crucial and sometimes emotional part of divorce or parentage proceedings. In Illinois, parental responsibilities are divided into two parts: allocation of decision-making and parenting time. The court strives to ensure that both parents have an equal say in major decisions concerning the child’s education, health care, and religious upbringing; however, if necessary to promote the child’s best interest, a judge may select one parent to make those decisions.
On the other hand, the court allocates parenting time between both parents according to what is best for the child, typically based on age and living situation. It is essential to understand how these key components fit into your legal case so that you can make informed decisions as a parent.
In Illinois, there is a presumption that both parents should have significant decision-making responsibilities and parenting time and child support with the child unless it is determined that such arrangements are not in the child’s best interests. The court will decide if the parents cannot agree on a custody and visitation plan.
Factors that the court may consider when determining custody and parenting time include:
The court may also consider other relevant factors impacting the child’s best interests and parent involvement. Once a custody and parenting time arrangement is established, it can be modified if a significant change in circumstances warrants a modification.
At SLG Family Law, we understand the complexity of filing legal documents and navigating child custody laws during divorce proceedings. We are here to provide you with the support and expertise needed to resolve this situation quickly and efficiently. Our team keeps up-to-date on all relevant laws so our clients can confidently decide their cases.
With our experienced lawyers at your side, you don’t have to worry about losing important focus in court or facing complex paperwork yourself because we will handle it all for you! We strive to expedite the whole process while ensuring every step goes smoothly, allowing our clients a more peaceful experience during such an emotionally draining time.
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