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Decisions regarding where children will live and how both parents will raise them are among the most contentious issues in many divorces. While it’s still common to refer to these ideas as child custody and visitation, Illinois law has evolved into calling these concepts decision-making authority.
Many states have adopted laws that make shared parental responsibilities the presumptive choice for family courts.
However, Illinois has declined to follow suit, making it much easier for one parent to grab sole decision-making authority and reduce the other parent to the role of visitor. This presents divorcing parents with two narrow alternatives: negotiate a joint parenting agreement or face a contentious, high-stakes child custody battle.
At Arami Law, we’re determined to uphold your legal rights as parents.
When a negotiated solution is possible, our attorneys work toward a manageable plan that benefits both sides.
But when a spouse undermines your relationship with your children, our child custody lawyers fight hard for their best interests and yours.
Our Chicago child custody attorneys are committed to providing you with the care you need. Call (312) 584-6355 today to schedule an appointment.
Reasonable Child Custody Options for Chicago Families
The state of Illinois formerly used the term “custody” to refer to certain rights and duties that a parent or guardian has regarding a child. Under this old terminology, divorcing spouses throughout the Chicago area had the options of physical custody and legal custody.
Now, these responsibilities are divided up in a parenting plan, which covers:
- The child’s living arrangements
- How much time the child will spend with each parent
- How information and records related to the child will be shared with each parent
- Transportation arrangements for parenting time
If the divorce is amicable or uncontested, the parties can negotiate a parenting plan or work out any minor conflicts in mediation. However, if the court must decide the child custody issue, it tends to favor giving most parental responsibilities to the primary caregiver, usually the mother. In these situations, the other parent often must pay child support to the primary caregiver for the child as well.
Common Conflicts with Child Custody & Modification Options in Parental Responsibility Cases
The noncustodial parent (the one the child does not live with most often) will generally be awarded parenting time, also known as visitation.
Unfortunately, conflicts can arise long after the divorce if one former spouse attempts to interfere with parenting time or alienate the other parent from the child.
Issues with established parenting plans can also arise if one parent wants or needs to move out of state or is a great distance away from the child’s current residence. In other child custody cases, a third-party, often a grandparent, may be awarded parental responsibilities because neither parent is fit.
Contact Us for Effective Child Custody Negotiation & Litigation
Nothing can replace your time with your children, and your legal rights as a parent are worth any fight. The trusted Chicago family law attorneys at Arami Law have the family law experience, determination to negotiate a fair parenting plan, and the tenacity to win in court when needed.
Contact Our Chicago Child Custody Lawyers Today at (312) 584-6355, or Use Our Convenient Online Form, to Schedule a Consultation at Our Chicago Family Law Group.
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