Illinois Lawyers Finding The Best Child Custody Solution For You And Your Family
As a parent, you only want the best for your children. Unsurprisingly, child custody is one of a divorce’s most important and sometimes most contentious aspects. However, Illinois child custody laws separate decision-making and physical residency to make it easier for parents to work together. Both play an important role in their child’s life.
At Consumer Law Group in Chicago, our family law attorneys give families valuable representation to help them get through their child custody battles. Whether you can come to an agreement with the other parent, or your case requires litigation, you can trust our experience and knowledge both in and out of the courtroom.
Allocation Of Major Decision-Making Responsibilities And Parenting Time
In Illinois, child custody is known as allocation of parental responsibilities. There are three types of arrangements, including joint, sole and shared. In joint allocation arrangements, both parents work together to make crucial decisions regarding education, health care and religious instruction. Sole allocation of parental responsibilities gives one parent complete responsibility to make important decisions about their child’s life and education.
Parenting time refers to the actual time a child spends with each parent. For example, if a child lives only with one parent, they can still share decision-making responsibilities equally.
Factors That Determine Which Parent The Child Will Spend Most Of Their Time With
Illinois Courts look at 17 best interest factors to determine Allocation of Parental Responsibilities for both parents. Consumer Law Group’s experienced attorneys will work with you to show the Court that your care is in the best interest of your child. The courts consider the following factors including but not limited to:
- Which parent the child spent the most time with
- The wishes of the parents
- Ability and willingness to co-parent
- Any prior agreement
- The child’s school and community
The court will always place the best interests of the child at the forefront of any decision. However, if the parents can agree on a parenting plan, it is often taken into consideration and made final.
When Can Child Custody Arrangements Be Modified In Illinois?
As life goes on, circumstances change. The court allows for child custody modifications when necessary due to a substantial change in circumstances. For example, if one parent moves more than 25 miles away, starts a new job, or the child develops problems and shows a decline in performance at school. In Illinois, you may modify a custody arrangement at least two years after the last judgment unless the child is in danger.
Keeping Your Child’s Best Interests At Heart
We can help you find a resolution that will meet your goals and your child’s best interests. With offices in Chicago, Berwyn, Aurora and Wheeling, we assist clients throughout Illinois. We understand how busy your life is and offer virtual consultations so you can meet with us from the comfort of your home. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation by calling 312-766-7777 or completing our online contact form.