Dividing parental responsibilities between parents who have made the decision to separate or divorce is difficult. Both parents have a legal obligation to support their child, although one parent may be given primary custody and decision making power over their child (and the other ordered to pay child support).
Parents need to devise a parenting plan that is made in the best interests of the child. If parents cannot do this – typically because they cannot agree – a judge will be tasked with making the determination.
Determining the best interests of the child can be a difficult thing to do, and in many cases, what one parent fully believes is within the child’s best interests, the other does not. For this reason, the state of Illinois has compiled a list of criteria that must be weighed to determine a child’s best interest. Found in 750 ILCS 5/602.7, these include:
Knowing what a court is looking for during a child custody determination can be confusing and emotional, and if you are seeking full parental responsibilities over your child, you may not know where to start. At the Arami Law Office, P.C., we can help you to understand Illinois’ child custody laws and how to present your case to a court.
To schedule a consultation with our caring Lincoln Park child custody lawyers today, please tell us about your case using our online form. You can also call our offices directly.
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