Did you know that Illinois law no longer awards child custody but instead allocates parental responsibilities? The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) makes clear that parental responsibilities include significant decision-making responsibilities and parenting time. Parenting time includes providing caretaking functions for the child, as well as making non-significant decisions about the child’s well-being, such as decisions that might arise on a day-to-day basis and require an immediate response. In other words, non-significant decision-making responsibilities are tied closely to a parent’s caretaking functions.
Do you have questions about parenting time or need an advocate on your side for your child custody case? An experienced and compassionate Illinois parenting time attorney at the Arami Law Office can get started on your case today.
Parenting time includes caretaking functions, which include but are not limited to:
How is parenting time allocated? It can be allocated either through a parenting plan or an allocation judgment. When parents reach a mutual agreement about parenting time, they can develop a parenting plan that outlines a parenting schedule and other matters concerning parenting time. If the parents cannot reach a mutual agreement, then the court will allocate parenting time according to what is in the best interests of the child.
Illinois law encourages parents to reach a mutual agreement about the allocation of parental responsibilities through a parenting plan. In a parenting plan, the parents must agree to a parenting time schedule that should include the following:
Parenting plans should also specify transportation for the children, the exchange of the children, and how the parents will communicate.
No parent should have to handle a complex child custody case on his or her own, or worry about developing a parenting plan without the help of a conscientious legal advocate. A dedicated Illinois parenting time lawyer can help you to fight for your rights as a parent and to help ensure that you are able to achieve a parenting time schedule that works for you and is in the best interests of your child. Contact the Arami Law Office to discuss your case.
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