June 13, 2022
Determining rights to custody of children is one of the most sensitive and highly contested issues in Illinois family court. To protect your rights and your child’s best interests, it is important to consult with someone experienced in these matters. Our Illinois child custody attorney explains some of the factors that influence how courts decide parenting time.
Previously in cases involving divorced or unmarried parents, family courts generally awarded one person custody and the other visitation. In 2016, changes in the Illinois Statutes did away with these terms. Today, rather than determining custody, the court allocates parental responsibilities. This refers to the following:
In addition to allocating these rights between parents, arrangements made and each party’s income and assets will determine the amount of child support that must be paid. Other issues, such as including children on health insurance policies and providing for special needs, will be addressed as well.
In child custody cases dealt with through the Illinois Courts, parents have the opportunity to negotiate a customized parenting plan, based on their specific situation. However, a judge will still need to approve the plan before a final order is issued. Factors that influence parenting plans and your rights in these arrangements include:
Once a parenting plan is put in place, both parties are required to comply with the terms. Repeatedly being late, canceling visits, undermining the other parent’s authority, or jeopardizing the child in any way could prompt modification and may impact parental rights.
Decisions made in regards to parenting time could impact your rights, the safety of your child, and your relationship with them for years to come. To find out more about how the court makes these determinations and factors likely to influence your case, reach out to The Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group. Call or contact our Illinois child custody attorneys online and request a consultation today.