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Il divorce lawyerThe most challenging part of the divorce process almost always includes reaching an agreement regarding child custody and responsibility arrangements. No parent enjoys discussing a topic that includes a period of absence from their child’s life. For Illinois residents, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act favors the idea that a child ultimately benefits from the involvement of both parents in their life. If the court determines it is in the best interest of the child, parents may enjoy sharing time with their children every few days or every other week. On the other hand, a court may decide that sole physical custody should belong to one parent while offering the other parent a reasonable right to visitation. Is the decision random, or are there certain factors that influence the outcome?

Parental Responsibilities

Under the current laws, Illinois determines not only with whom the child resides, but also who has the decision-making responsibilities. The authority is not necessarily granted to one person or even divided evenly between the two. A judge carefully considers all information surrounding the circumstances assigns responsibility to each parent according to what they determine to be in the best interest of the child. The four main areas of significant decision-making responsibilities include:

  • Education;
  • Health care;
  • Religion;
  • Extracurricular activities.

Parenting Time

Similarly to the parenting responsibilities, judges determine a parenting schedule according to their belief of what is in the best interest of the child. Additionally, the current laws entitle a parent without decision making authorities to a reasonable parenting schedule. Factors involved in determining the allotment of parenting time include, but are not limited to:

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Illinios child custody attorney, Illinois family law attorneyAs the end of the school year quickly approaches, June 6th may very well become “D” day for those drafting or maintaining child custody agreements drafted under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5).

The summer months often prove challenging for those parents who are complying with busy summer custody schedules, but for those in the planning stage, agreements need established not only for the summer break but for everyday, vacation, and holiday schedules as well.

For those finding themselves at square one, it is important to remember that under Illinois statute, the allocation of joint parental responsibilities are clearly defined as:

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Hinsdale family law attorney, Illinois new parenting lawsBig News for Divorcing Parents in Illinois 2016: Governor Rauner Signs Family Law Overhaul Including Child Custody and Visitation.

Effective January 1, 2016, sweeping new laws regarding Illinois divorce have taken effect, with new Illinois Parenting Laws starting in 2016. Your divorce lawyer may no longer know Illinois child custody and visitation laws.

Why is that you may ask?

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