One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is allocating parental responsibility and parenting time. While courts are ordered to make these determinations based on an analysis of what is in the best interests of the child, the parents are usually in the best position to make this decision. Unfortunately, some families are unable to come to an agreement outside of court, whether due to a lack of legal advice or to conflict. Having the advice of a family law attorney can make all the difference in these types of cases, so if you are considering a divorce and have children, it is important to speak to an experienced Rolling Meadows child custody attorney who can advocate for you and your child.
Aside from determining how often a parent will have access to his or her child after the divorce, courts must also divide parental responsibility, which refers to decision-making authority over important issues, such as:
While courts are often forced to divvy up these responsibilities as they see fit, parents who come to an out-of-court agreement may be able to dictate the terms of their parenting agreement themselves through mediation, collaboration, or negotiation.
In order to be approved, a parenting plan must contain specific information, including:
Before a parenting plan can go into effect, a family court must first ensure that it meets all of the statutory requirements and is in the best interests of the child.
If you have questions about your own divorce or child custody-related matter, please contact SAM LAW OFFICE LLC by calling 847-255-9925 to schedule a free consultation with experienced child custody attorney, Susan A. Marks.