Families in Chicago in the process of a divorce may know that, rather than awarding child custody to one or both parents, Illinois law now allocates parental responsibilities. One of the most important parts of parental responsibilities is “parenting time.” At the Arami Law Office, we know how important it is for both parents to play a role in raising their children and to spend time with them on a regular basis.
If you have questions about parenting time under Illinois law, you should speak with a parenting time attorney in Chicago as soon as possible about your case.
We regularly help clients with a wide variety of parenting time issues and concerns, including but not limited to:
Other issues also may arise in a divorce or family law case concerning parenting time, but one of the dedicated attorneys at our firm can help with your situation.
The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) defines parenting time as the time a parent spends caring for the child day-to-day and making non-significant decisions in regards to his or her care. A parent’s right to exercise caretaking functions and to make non-significant decisions for a child (or about a child’s well-being) is not necessarily tied to the parent’s right or obligation to make significant decisions about the child’s future and upbringing. In other words, even if a court says that only one parent should be primarily responsible for significant decision-making, it is certainly possible and common that both parents will share parenting time.
There are one of two ways in which parenting time can be allocated:
In some cases, the court will determine that parenting time is not appropriate for both parents or should be restricted for one or both parents. The statute defines the restriction of parenting time as any limitation on the parenting time arrangement, including supervision.
Under Illinois law, the court presumes that both parents are fit. As such, in order for parenting time to be restricted, the court must find by a preponderance of the evidence that a parent spending time with the child would endanger the child well-being.
If you need assistance with a parenting time issue, a compassionate Chicago parenting time lawyer at our firm can assist you. Contact the Arami Law Office today for more information.
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