When you are going through a complicated or contentious divorce, the last thing you want is to continue in a difficult legal battle with your spouse about parenting time and how you both will play a role in your child’s upbringing. Yet, when there are minor children from the marriage, it is essential to allocate parental responsibilities—including parenting time—in a divorce proceeding.
Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), parental responsibilities include both significant decision-making responsibilities (formerly known as “legal custody”) and parenting time, which includes caretaking functions and non-significant decision-making responsibilities (formerly known as “physical custody” and “visitation”). Have you been searching for a “parenting time attorney near me” to help with your case? An experienced Chicago parenting time lawyer at the Arami Law Office can help.
Parenting time is allocated in Illinois according to the “best interests of the child” standard. Whether the parents work together to create a parenting plan in which parenting time is allocated or the court allocates parenting time when the parents can not agree, the schedule and design of parenting time must be in the child’s best interests.
The statute specifically outlines a number of factors to consider in determining what is in the best interests of the child for the purposes of allocating parenting time. Those factors include but are not limited to the following:
Developing a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child can be complicated, but a parenting time lawyer near you in Chicago can help. Contact the Arami Law Office to speak with an advocate about your family’s situation.
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