In Illinois family law issues, parenting time refers to the time each parent spends with their child, and it replaces the traditional notions of custody and visitation. Parental responsibilities and parenting time rights apply regardless of whether the child was born to a married couple or outside the bonds of matrimony.
Courts recognize the importance of children forming relationships with both parents in most cases and will seek to create an arrangement that has a beneficial impact on the parent-child relationship. Still, you may not fully understand your rights and how to enforce them. The statutes can be confusing, court rules are complex, and you may be overwhelmed by emotion with these matters that affect you so personally. In these situations, you need more than basic legal advice, you want to know that you’ve got the best Chicago parenting time lawyers on your side.
At Arami Law, our Chicago parenting time lawyers appreciate the frustrations you face when attempting to exercise your rights as a parent. We can take the burden of parenting time disputes off your shoulders so you can focus on your relationship with your child. Please call our office or submit a convenient online contact form to schedule an initial consultation.
Parenting time is addressed in a divorce case (if the parents are married) or a parental responsibilities case (if the parents are not married) as the ‘allocation of parental responsibilities.’ This is broken down into two parts. The first is decision-making authority, a concept similar to legal custody, which gives one or both parents the right to make major decisions regarding the child’s care. The second part is parenting time, or the amount of time the child spends in the care of each parent. This was previously referred to as custody and visitation. Working with the best Chicago parenting time lawyers can help you secure all of the parental rights to which you are entitled.
For a child born to unmarried parents, the matter may involve establishing paternity. Generally, once paternity is established by court order or marriage, both parents are entitled by law to parenting time as long as there is no history of domestic violence, criminal conduct, or other circumstances that make the arrangement unsafe or inappropriate for the child.
Illinois law includes several provisions related to parenting time and how it is determined, but one consideration is paramount to all others- the child’s best interests. There are many factors that impact how courts determine what is in a child’s best interest, and they may include:
When you’ve got the best Chicago parenting time lawyers advocating for you, we can help demonstrate to the court what arrangements will be in your family’s best interests.
At Arami Law, our lawyers can help with all issues and disputes related to parenting time. Illinois law encourages parents to reach an agreement on the time each parent spends with the child, and a judge will enter the proper orders where the arrangement is in the child’s best interests. We are at your side to assist with parenting time negotiations, drawing up the paperwork, and entering the appropriate order in court. In the absence of an agreement, our attorneys have the litigation skills and experience to fight for your parenting time rights in court.
Our Chicago parenting time attorneys at Arami Law are committed to assisting you with the complicated issues that come up in regard to spending time with your child. Please contact us online or call our office for more information. We are happy to schedule a consultation to answer your questions and provide more details on your legal options.
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