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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 Arami Law can get started on your case today.
What Are Caretaking Functions Under Illinois Law?
Parenting time includes caretaking functions, which include but are not limited to:
- Satisfying nutritional needs of the child;
- Managing child’s bedtime and wake-up routines;
- Helping with child’s hygiene;
- Providing attention when the child is ill;
- Directing child’s developmental needs;
- Disciplining the child;
- Making sure that the child attends school;
- Making sure that the child attends healthcare appointments;
- Helping the child to make and maintain interpersonal relationships;
- Arranging for alternative childcare when the parent can not be present; and
- Helping the child to develop morally and ethically.
Allocation of Parenting Time in Illinois
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 Parenting Plans and Parenting Time Schedules
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:
- Schedule for time during the weekdays;
- Schedule for time during the weekends;
- Holiday schedule, including, for example, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Halloween, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Memorial Day;
- Schedule for time during the school spring break;
- Schedule for time during the school winter break;
- Schedule for time during the school summer recess; and
- How conflicts will be handled.
Parenting plans should also specify transportation for the children, the exchange of the children, and how the parents will communicate.
Contact an Illinois Parenting Time Lawyer
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 Arami Law to discuss your case.
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