Cook County Parenting Time Lawyer

Cook County Parenting Time Lawyer

Parenting Time Lawyer Assisting Families in Chicago and Throughout Cook County

Shared parenting can be complicated for families that are currently going through a divorce in Cook County, but it is important for both parents to share in parental responsibilities. Illinois law used to talk about parental responsibilities in terms of child custody. With changes to the law, we no longer use the terms “legal custody” and “physical custody,” but instead refer to “significant decision-making responsibilities” and “parenting time.”

Developing a parenting plan in which parenting time is allocated, or going through a divorce in which the court allocates parental responsibilities, can be a complicated process. It is important to have an experienced Cook County parenting time lawyer on your side to ensure that your voice is heard.

What is Parenting Time Under Illinois Law?

How does Illinois law define parenting time? According to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/600 et seq.), parenting time is defined as “the time during which a parent is responsible for exercising caretaking functions and non-significant decision-making responsibilities with respect to the child.”

Courts allocate parental responsibilities, including parenting time, based on what is in the best interests of the child. As we noted above, parents can develop a parenting plan together that allocates parenting time, but the court still must agree that the plan is in the best interests of the child.

What are Caretaking Functions in Cook County?

What are caretaking functions that a parent exercises during parenting time? The statute defines caretaking functions as the responsibility to interact with the child or arrange that interaction of supervision of the child by others. The statute cites some of the following as examples of caretaking functions:

  • Feeding the child;
  • Managing the child’s bedtime and wake-up times;
  • Caring for the child when the child gets sick or is injured;
  • Attending to the child’s personal hygiene needs;
  • Attending to the child’s extracurricular activities;
  • Providing transportation for the child;
  • Keeping the child physically safe;
  • Tending to the developmental needs of the child;
  • Helping the child to acquire self-confidence and to mature;
  • Disciplining the child;
  • Instructing the child in manners;
  • Assigning chores to the child;
  • Making sure the child attends school;
  • Helping the child develop interpersonal relationships;
  • Making sure the child gets to medical appointments;
  • Providing moral guidance for the child; and
  • Arranging childcare when the parent is unable to provide it.

There are many different ways in which a parent provides caretaking functions, and these can change as the child ages and matures.

Seek Advice from a Dedicated Cook County Parenting Time Lawyer

Are you in the process of filing for divorce, or are you considering divorce? If you have children with your spouse, it is extremely important to work with a Cook County parenting time lawyer on your case. An advocate at our firm can speak with you today about your family’s situation and can tell you more about options that may be available to you. Contact Arami Law Office to learn more.