If you have a legal concern that is related to parenting time or responsibilities, it directly affects your parental rights. Parenting time issues are common in divorce, post-decree modification cases, and to parenting outside of marriage and divorce. In other words, parenting concerns are primary family law matters, which makes working closely with an experienced child custody attorney in Elmhurst from the outset well advised.
Illinois has done away with language related to child custody and, instead, addresses the matter of parental responsibilities, which addresses both parental decision-making authority and parenting time (what you may think of as physical custody or visitation). The decision-making component of these responsibilities determines who will be making important parenting decisions on behalf of your children moving forward, including major decisions like the following:
You and your children’s other parent can address this parental responsibility in any of the following ways:
For those routine decisions that parents run up against on a nearly constant basis (such as what’s for lunch?), however, the parent who has the children at the time is tasked with making the decisions.
Parenting time is the time you and your children’s other parent spend with your children. You may divide your parenting time quite evenly between the two of you, or one of you may take on the role of the primary custodial parent while the other has a visitation schedule. If you are able to find common ground between yourselves – and do not require the court’s intervention – you’ll have the leeway to create a unique parenting time schedule that works for you. If you are unable to hammer out terms that you can both agree to, however, you will very likely receive one of the court’s standard parenting time schedules in your parenting plan.
Legal concerns that involve parenting time have the potential – because they involve your children – to become exceptionally contentious, and protecting your parental rights throughout the legal process is paramount. Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm – proudly serving Elmhurst, Illinois – is a seasoned child custody attorney who dedicates his impressive practice to helping parents like you successfully resolve their parenting time concerns. With offices in Oak Brook, Illinois, Cameron H. Goodman is a divorce lawyer near you ready to handle your family law matter. Your case is important, so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.
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