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Lake Forest Parenting Time Lawyers

Child custody cases in Illinois can be complicated, and it can be confusing for parents to understand the variety of terms that are used to describe different types of custody. It is important for you to know that Illinois law no longer uses the terms “child custody,” and as such, courts do not award “legal custody” or “physical custody,” and parents are not awarded visitation. Instead, in child custody cases in Illinois, courts allocate different types of parental responsibilities that include parenting time. If you have any questions about your rights or responsibilities as a parent or if you need assistance with the allocation of parenting time, one of our experienced Lake Forest parenting time lawyers can assist you.

What is Parenting Time in Lake Forest?

Parenting time is one type of “parental responsibility” that is allocated in a Lake Forest child custody case. According to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), parenting time “means the time during which a parent is responsible for exercising caretaking functions and non-significant decision-making responsibilities with respect to the child.” Parenting time is similar to what used to be described as physical custody and visitation.

In short, parenting time involves spending time with the child and performing day-to-day responsibilities.

Understanding the Allocation of Parenting Time in Lake Forest

Parenting time is allocated along with significant decision-making responsibilities — these are the two types of parental responsibilities that are allocated in a Lake Forest child custody case.

Parental responsibilities, including parenting time, can be allocated in one of two ways:

  • Through a parenting plan that the parents develop together; or
  • Through an allocation judgment issued by the court after the judge hears from both parents.

Parenting plans are created when the parents are able to reach an agreement about how they will share parenting time. As long as the parents have allocated parenting time in a way that the court finds to be in the best interests of the child, the agreed-upon parenting plan can become law. Otherwise, if the parents cannot agree, the judge will hear both sides of the case and will determine how parenting time will be allocated. When the judge allocates parenting time through an allocation judgment, the judge will rely on the “best interests of the child” factors outlined in the IMDMA.

Contact Our Lake Forest Parenting Time Lawyer

At Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group, we know that child custody cases are often among the most complex and emotional types of family law cases. We know how critical it is for you to be allocated parental responsibilities, especially parenting time, so that you can spend a significant amount of time with your child. Whether you have questions or concerns about the allocation of parenting time in your Illinois divorce or child custody case or you need representation, an experienced Lake Forest parenting time lawyer at our firm can help. Contact Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group today to learn more about how we can assist you.

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