Parents are required to make important decisions on their child’s behalf that could impact them for years into the future. Reaching agreements on these matters can be challenging in general, but it is particularly so for parents who are divorced or otherwise living apart. As part of your parenting plan, the court will issue an order detailing whether one or both parties have legal authority in decision making.
Illinois parenting plans deal with both physical and legal custody of children. Physical custody refers to the amount of time the child spends in each parent’s home while legal custody grants the authority to make important decisions on their behalf. This includes:
In making a determination regarding who has legal authority in making decisions on the child’s behalf, the judge in your case will consider many of the same factors that were relevant in awarding parenting time. This includes each parent’s current and prior relationship with the child, their ability to put the child’s best interests first, and their ability to cooperate with the other parent.
If joint legal custody is granted in your case, Help Guide offers these tips to avoid disputes:
In cases where there are valid reasons for not wanting the other parent to share legal authority in making decisions regarding your child, we can petition the court to have you awarded sole legal custody.
At the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group, we protect your rights and your child’s best interest in matters pertaining to physical and legal custody. Call or contact our Chicago parenting plan attorneys and request a consultation to discuss your case today.
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