There is no question that divorce is difficult for children and parents alike. But with fair, sensible parental responsibility/child custody arrangements, you can make certain that you and your children are able to spend meaningful time together. By working with a knowledgeable family lawyer, you can help make a difficult transition less stressful on your children and yourself.
Since its founding in 1979, Richard W. Culver, Ltd. has helped parents throughout the Chicagoland area reach fair solutions in divorce. With so much at stake concerning your children, examine six benefits of hiring a trusted Barrington attorney.
New Changes to Divorce and Family Law in Illinois
Effective January 1, 2016, many statutory provisions in divorce and family law in Illinois will significantly change, including those pertaining to children. Going forward in Illinois, the term "parental responsibility" will be used in place of the term "custody." Also, the term "parenting time" will be used in place of the term "visitation" with respect to time during which a parent is responsible for exercising caretaking functions and non-significant decision-making responsibilities concerning the child.
In Illinois, Courts are required to make parental responsibility/child custody determinations that are in the best interests of the child. Under a joint parenting plan, parents may share decision-making responsibilities about education, religious upbringing, extracurricular activities, and health care concerning their children. While both parents may share significant decision-making responsibilities of the children, one parent may have the "primary residence," meaning the children usually spend more time with this parent. The other parent may have parenting time and pay child support. If parents can agree on the various aspects of custody, they will create a joint parenting plan.
In some cases, allegations of parental unfitness may arise against one parent, and, if proven, that parent will neither have nor share significant decision-making responsibilities over the minor child or children. In this type of situation, one parent will have the significant decision-making responsibilities. The other parent will still have parenting time, unless the Court determines that parenting time would endanger the child. Accordingly, a parenting plan may be created that sets out each parent's rights and responsibilities.Preserving The Parent-Child Relationship During And After Divorce
Generally speaking, when parents can talk through their differences, the results are better for children and parents alike. Further, a negotiated resolution places this important part of your life in your and your spouse's hands, not in the hands of someone else. Of course, if litigation is necessary, Barrington parental responsibility/child custody attorney Blake Austin Culver is a determined advocate. If your dispute must be resolved in litigation, Blake will take proactive, immediate action when necessary.Contact a Divorce Lawyer at Richard W. Culver, Ltd. in Barrington, Illinois
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