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What Type of Custody Should I Ask For?

What Type of Custody Should I Ask For?

Divorce can be a challenging journey, and when children are involved, it often becomes even more complex. Parents navigating divorce often express concern about child custody, a concept that has undergone significant changes in Illinois. At SAM LAW OFFICE LLC, we’re dedicated to guiding parents through these changes, focusing on the concepts of parenting time and parental responsibility that have replaced traditional custody.

Understanding Parenting Time and Parental Responsibility

In Illinois, the term ‘child custody’ has been replaced with ‘parenting time’ and ‘parental responsibility.’ Parenting time refers to the time a child spends with each parent, while parental responsibility deals with decision-making power regarding the child’s health, education, religion, and extracurricular activities. These changes aim to shift away from the win-or-lose mentality often associated with custody battles, focusing instead on what is best for the child.

Factors Affecting Parenting Time and Parental Responsibility

The court system considers various criteria when deciding on parenting time and responsibility. These include the child’s age and specific needs, the geographical location of each parent, and any history of abuse or neglect. The court also considers each parent’s willingness and ability to actively support and encourage a close and healthy relationship between the child and the other parent, fostering a nurturing and stable environment for the child’s growth and development.

Pros and Cons of Different Parenting Time and Responsibility Arrangements

Different parenting time and responsibility arrangements come with their own advantages and disadvantages. Joint responsibility, where both parents share decision-making, can foster cooperation and shared parenting but may not be suitable if there’s high conflict or a history of abuse. Sole responsibility, where one parent makes all decisions, can provide stability but may limit the other parent’s involvement in the child’s life.

Similarly, equal parenting time can ensure the child maintains a strong relationship with both parents but may be disruptive due to constant transitioning. Primary parenting time with one parent can provide more stability but may limit the child’s time with the other parent.

Still Unsure? Choose SAM LAW OFFICE LLC!  

Navigating the complexities of child custody can be daunting. Sometimes, having a knowledgeable and experienced attorney by your side is best. At SAM LAW OFFICE LLC, our team is well-versed in all aspects of child custody law. We understand the importance of prioritizing the child’s best interests while advocating for fair and reasonable outcomes for our clients.

With a deep commitment to helping parents through this difficult time, we approach each case with compassion, understanding, and dedication to providing aggressive representation. We take the time to listen to our clients, understand their unique circumstances, and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible results.

Protect Your Child’s Best Interests Today

While divorce is never an easy journey, understanding the changes in Illinois’ laws regarding child custody can make it easier for parents. By focusing on parenting time and responsibility and considering various factors, the court aims to make decisions that prioritize the child’s well-being. With the support of a reliable attorney from SAM LAW OFFICE LLC, parents can confidently navigate this process and ensure their child’s best interests are protected. So, if you need guidance for your child custody case, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule a consultation. 

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