September 14, 2018
For single parents and those facing a divorce, making sure your children are safe and provided for is a top priority. In child custody proceedings, the court favors co-parenting arrangements, allowing both parents to play an active role in their child’s life. In making these arrangements, there are important issues to consider to ensure your child and your rights as a parent are protected.
Under the Illinois Statutes (750 ILCS 5/517), the court will consider numerous factors in allocating parental responsibility. These include the age of the child, the child’s current relationship with both parents, each parent’s ability to meet the child’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs, and any issues that could put the child in jeopardy, such as allegations of domestic violence or drug and alcohol abuse.
There are also various issues to negotiate in terms of how joint custody arrangements will be carried out. In the Cook County Courts, a parenting plan is required, outlining the details surrounding the situation. Important considerations include:
When dealing with sensitive issues impacting your children, the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group works to ensure your rights and their safety are protected. Contact our Chicago divorce lawyers today and request a free consultation to find out how we can help you.