As a mother filing for divorce in Libertyville, IL, you likely have concerns about the impact on your child’s life. It’s common to have questions about the child’s upbringing, where he or she will live, and how you’ll share responsibilities with the other parent. Divorce is already stressful, but it can be overwhelming when you’re worried about your parental rights.
The lawyers at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group empathize with your situation. Our attorneys have advocated on behalf of many mothers who are dealing with child custody and visitation issues. We’re dedicated to protecting your right to enjoy a strong, healthy relationship with your child.
In 2016, Illinois divorce law did away with the traditional concepts of child custody and visitation, replacing them with the notion of “allocation of parental responsibilities.” With respect to raising a child, the statue breaks down matters involving the child’s upbringing into two areas:
When parents file for divorce, they have 120 days after service of process to file a proposed Parenting Plan. This document covers the areas of significant decision-making and parenting time for the child. If parents can agree on an arrangement, they may file a joint Parenting Plan. They may also prepare their documents and file separately.
If parents cannot agree on a Parenting Plan, a court will determine proper arrangements for significant decision-making and parenting time.
When making a determination on allocating parental decision-making responsibilities and parenting time, a court looks to the child’s best interests. The judge considers different factors, including:
In addition, a court can consider other factors where appropriate to help determine the child’s best interests.
In addition, a court may consider additional factors where appropriate to assess the best interests of the child in accordance with law.
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