Illinois child custody law changed a few years ago so that parents no longer are awarded child custody and visitation. Instead, parental responsibilities are allocated according to the terms of a parenting plan developed by both parties, or through an allocation judgment when the parents cannot reach an agreement. Parental responsibilities include both parenting time in which the parent provides caretaking functions for the child, as well as signification decision-making responsibilities.
When the parents create a parenting plan or the court issues an allocation judgment, the parties are providing information about their situations that is accurate at that point in time. Illinois law recognizes that the needs of both a child and a parent can change, and that life circumstances change. For example, one parent might be offered a new job, requiring relocation with the child. When there is a significant change in circumstances, one of the parents can seek a modification. A dedicated Cook County child custody modification lawyer at our firm is here to work with you on your case.
To start the process of modifying child custody arrangements, the parent seeking the modification will need to file a petition for modification.
The process for modifying a parenting plan or an allocation judgment is easier if both parents agree to the modification. The statute specifically states that the court can modify an existing parenting plan or allocation judgment without a showing of changed circumstances as long as the modification is in the best interests of the child and one of the following is true:
When one of the above conditions is not met, then the parent seeking a modification will need to show changed circumstances. Examples of changed circumstances might be a significant shift in the parent’s job, a change in the parent’s work schedule, or another matter that requires modification. No matter what, a modification must be in the child’s best interest.
A Cook County child custody lawyer can help to ensure that you have an advocate on your side throughout your child custody case, from the allocation of parental responsibilities to modifications that become necessary months or years later.
The advocates at the Arami Law Office have years of experience helping families in Cook County with a wide variety of family law cases, including complex child custody matters.
Child custody cases can get extremely complicated and contentious, and modifications to allocation judgments and parenting plans can be difficult. A child custody modification lawyer in Cook County can assist you with your case. Do not hesitate to get in touch with the advocates at the Arami Law Office to learn more about our services. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer about your case.
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