Child custody encompasses your parental responsibilities and your parenting time in the State of Illinois, and both play important roles in terms of your parental rights. Child custody concerns are common in divorce, modifications made post-divorce, and breakups involving shared children outside of marriage. If you are facing a matter related to either parental responsibilities or parenting time, it’s time to consult with an experienced child custody attorney in Wheaton.
Parents enjoy the privilege of making important decisions for the well-being and health of their children. Illinois law labels decision making authority parental responsibilities and recognizes four distinct categories of parental responsibilities. These include:
The ability and right to make significant decisions for your children is similar to legal custody, a term no longer used in Illinois law. If you are seeking a divorce or establishing paternity, the court will require you to allocate decision-making authority for your children in each area. You and your children’s other parent can share decision-making responsibility together, but if you cannot cooperate there are other options, including:
If you already have a court order allocating decision-making authority and one parent is not complying with the order or is not acting in the bests interests of your child, then a modification may be warranted.
The more mundane parenting decisions that never seem to end during the course of a day remain the purview of the parent who is with the kids at the time. Further, if there is an emergency, the parent who is available at the time is responsible for making the necessary decisions.
Parenting time spells out when the kids are with you and when they are with their other parent. Conflict over parenting time schedules is very common. Ideally, you and your child’s other parent cooperate and set a schedule that meets each of your needs and the needs of your children. If you cannot reach an agreement on your own, you have several options.
The court’s stance when it comes to parenting time is that – unless there is an important reason for ruling otherwise – it is in the children’s best interests to continue spending a good deal of time with both parents. And the court’s focus is always on the best interest of the children involved.
Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm in Wheaton is a compassionate child custody attorney who dedicates his practice to helping clients like you obtain favorable terms related to both parenting time and parental responsibilities. We’re on your side and here to help, so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.
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