Child custody concerns involve your children, which makes them very important matters that require your careful attention to help ensure that your parental rights remain protected and that your children’s best interests are upheld. If you are facing a child custody issue related to divorce, have a child custody concern outside of marriage or divorce, or need a child custody modification, an experienced child custody lawyer in Chicago can help. In Illinois, child custody is now called an allocation of parental responsibilities that includes an allocation of parenting time and decision-making.
Under Illinois law, child custody is now called an allocation of parental responsibilities, which includes both parenting time (formerly physical custody) and decision-making (formerly legal custody) but the meanings behind the terms remain consistent. The aspect of decision-making within parental responsibilities relate to who will be making important decisions like the following on behalf of your children:
When it comes to parental responsibilities, you have options, including:
It is important to note that when it comes to workaday decisions that parents everywhere must make on a daily – if not hourly – basis, the parent who is with the children at the time the issue arises is usually responsible for the decisions at-hand. However, everything can be negotiated, mediated, or litigated.
Illinois now calls physical custody parenting time, and it refers to how you and your children’s other parent will divide up your time with your children. The two primary options include:
With each of these approaches, you have the leeway to hammer out a schedule that works for you, your children’s other parent, and your children. If, however, you and your children’s other parent are unable to resolve this matter between yourselves, the court will intervene and will very likely hand down a standard parenting time schedule (that adopts one of the above approaches).
The Chicago divorce lawyers at WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, take great pride in helping clients like you obtain child custody terms that work for you, uphold your parental rights, and support your children’s best interests. Your case is important, and we’re committed to helping you – so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.
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