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Understanding the Input of Minor Children and Parenting Time in Chicago Divorce Cases

The overarching principle guiding decisions involving minor children in Chicago divorce cases is the “best interests of the child” standard. Courts prioritize the well-being and welfare of the child, recognizing that their needs and interests should take precedence over any other considerations.

While the ultimate decision lies with the court, the input of minor children is often considered, particularly as they grow older. Courts may take into account the child’s preferences, depending on their age, maturity, and ability to express their thoughts. It’s important to note that the child’s input is just one factor among many, and the court will consider a holistic view of the situation.

For example, younger children may require more stability and consistency in their daily routines while older children may have more influence over their parenting time arrangements. The court will also assess each parent’s ability to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the child, including financial stability, emotional support, and involvement in the child’s life.  The court will also encourage parents to work together in the best interests of the child.  A parent’s willingness to facilitate a positive relationship between the child and the other parent is crucial, including limiting disruptions to the child’s school and community life.

Any history of domestic violence or substance abuse may significantly impact parenting time and decision-making input.

Navigating divorce proceedings in Chicago when minor children are involved requires careful consideration of various factors. Understanding the best interests of the child standard, the input of minor children, and the factors considered in parenting time decisions can help parents and legal professionals work towards arrangements that prioritize the well-being of the child. It is crucial for parents to approach the process with empathy, cooperation, and a commitment to fostering a positive environment for their children during this challenging time.  The family law team of WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC is here to help with an initial consultation to discuss your needs and options.  Contact Jennifer R. Ward today to schedule your consultation with her directly: jward@wardfamilylawchicago.com.



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