Child custody cases in Chicago can be complicated and emotionally difficult for parents and kids alike. Nobody wants to cause their child psychological distress or to take actions that can make the child’s upbringing more difficult. Yet divorce and separation are common, and it is also important for kids to be in households where they can receive the care and support they need from both of their parents. In recent years, Illinois lawmakers revised the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) so that courts no longer award child custody. Rather, courts allocate parental responsibilities to the parents, recognizing that different family situations require flexibility.
If you need assistance with your child custody case, you should get in touch with a Chicago child custody lawyer at our firm today. We regularly serve parents in many different types of child custody cases in the Chicago area.
Our lawyers serve families in a wide variety of child custody situations. We know that many different kinds of legal issues can arise in child custody cases in Chicago, including but not limited to the following:
There are many other kinds of issues that can come up during the allocation of parental responsibilities in a divorce case, or in the months and years after the parents separate. It is important to remember that a divorce lawyer in Chicago can represent you.
What are parental responsibilities, and how are they allocated? According to the IMDMA, parental responsibilities include both the time spent with the children and the responsibility for making important life decisions for the children. Parenting time is the term that is now used to refer to the time a parent spends with a child and provides caretaking functions. As you may have guessed, parenting time used to be called physical custody or visitation. Significant decision-making responsibilities refer to a parent’s right to make important decisions about the child’s upbringing, such as the child’s education, health care, and religious schooling. Significant decision-making responsibilities previously were known as legal custody.
When it comes to allocating parental responsibilities, parents can reach an agreement about the allocation of parental responsibilities in a parenting plan that the court approves, or the court can allocate parental responsibilities for cases in which the parents are unable to reach an agreement.
When you are going through a child custody case or you are anticipating a complex family law case involving the allocation of parental responsibilities, it is important to seek advice from a Chicago divorce attorney. We help ensure that you are treated equitably from the start to finish of your case. Contact the Arami Law Office to learn more about how we can help.
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