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IL divorce lawyerLife changes all the time. This is particularly true when children are involved. If you go through a divorce and have a parenting plan that you must stick to, you may find the need to change it at some point. In the event you believe an event in your life or the life of your co-parent justifies a modification to your parenting plan, contact an experienced divorce attorney right away.

What Is a Parenting Plan?

A legal document that is designed during a divorce is known as a parenting plan. It discusses how two parents will raise their children together and may include information on child custody, and where children will live on certain days and holidays. In addition, a parenting plan may discuss religion, healthcare, extracurricular activities, vacations, and other important details that must be considered when raising children.

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Illinois custody attorney, Illinois family lawyerOne of the most contentious areas of developing a parenting plan is how the holidays will be shared between parents. When most of us think of the holidays, it is often just the events during November and December that come to mind. But a solid parenting plan also addresses the holidays that occur throughout the year, such as Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. Another issue that may need to be addressed is what happens if Mother's Day or Father's Day falls on a day that the child is scheduled to be with the other parent?

You may include a clause about how your children will spend the holidays in your custody arrangement. If you are currently working through the divorce process, discuss family holidays with your spouse and with your attorney. You will likely have to compromise with your spouse regarding how the holidays are split up, but if you both take a proactive stance and work together from the start, you stand a better chance of reaching a positive, productive outcome.

Ways to Divide the Holidays

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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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coparents, Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois child custody lawyer,All family law matters are inherently emotionally charged, and are often contentious. This is particularly true for matters involving children. Facing a child custody dispute can be difficult for both the parents and the child involved.

The law requires that custody matters are determined prioritizing the best interests of the child. Using this standard, Illinois law requires divorcing parents to complete a Joint Parenting Agreement. These agreements can be complicated, as can state divorce law. If you are considering a divorce and want information regarding a parenting plan, contact an experienced family law attorney in Illinois for help, and for answers to any of your family law-related questions. By working with a family law attorney, you can create a parenting plan between you and your child’s other parent that works for everyone involved.

What Is a Parenting Plan?

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