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Child Custody Lawyer 60614

Illinois addresses child custody in allocation judgments with newer terms of parental responsibilities and parenting time; both refer to important aspects of your parental rights. Whether you’re facing a child custody concern in relation to divorce, in relation to a post-decree modification, relocation, in relation to a paternity determination, or outside of marriage and divorce entirely, the place to start is with an experienced child custody attorney in the 60614 zip code

Parental Responsibilities

Parental responsibilities represent a parent’s responsibility to make major decisions in relation to how their children are raised, including decisions about the following:

  • Where the children will make their primary home
  • Where the children will attend school
  • The medical attention the children will receive
  • The activities and travel the children will participate in
  • The religious education the children will receive

Parents’ options when it comes to parental responsibilities include all the following:

  • Both parents reach mutually acceptable decisions together
  • Both parents reach mutually acceptable decisions together, but one has the authority to break a tie if negotiations break down irretrievably
  • Both parents divide this responsibility between them according to the kind of decision that needs to be made
  • One parent has sole parental responsibilities and making all the decisions on their own

Parenting Time

Parenting time determines the schedule that lets you know when your kids will be with you and when they will be with their other parent. Within this framework, you have many options if you’re able to reach a mutually agreed-upon schedule. If you need the court’s intervention, on the other hand, you will receive one of its standard schedules. 

Your Children’s Best Interests

When Illinois courts are called upon to make child custody rulings, the children’s best interests always prevail. In the course of making these decisions, Illinois courts turn to best interest factors that include all the following:

  • Each child’s preference, if they are considered old enough and mature enough to voice them
  • Each parent’s preference
  • Each parent’s age and overall mental and physical health
  • Each child’s age, overall mental and physical health, and needs, including any special needs
  • Each parent’s ability to provide the children with the care they need
  • Each parent’s level of involvement in caring for the children to date
  • Each parent’s investment in supporting the children’s ongoing relationship with their other parent and in maintaining open communication with that parent
  • The traveling distance between the parent’s households
  • The bond between each parent and each child
  • How well the children are doing in their current home, at their current school, and in their current community 
  • Any additional factors considered relevant by the court

An Experienced Child Custody Lawyer in the 60614 Zip Can Help

The compassionate child custody lawyers at WARD FAMILY LAW – proudly serving those in the 60614 zip code – are fierce advocates of our client’s parental rights, and we’re here for you, too. Our trusted legal team is on your side and here to help, so please don’t put off contacting us for more information today.

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