Parenting Plans in Palatine, Illinois
When a couple considers divorce, one of the many questions raised is, “Where will our children live?”
Many parents end up sharing child custody, so former spouses need to work together to raise their children. The law requires children’s best interests to be considered at every stage of divorce. Too often, divorcing parents let their frustrations and bitterness take the focus away from those best interests. As such, Illinois requires divorcing parents to complete a parenting plan called a Parenting Agreement. Illinois parenting plans benefit both parents and the children as the family goes through the divorce.
What Is a Parenting Plan in Illinois?
A parenting plan is an agreement between divorcing parents that dictates children’s living arrangements. Parenting plans help parents clarify child-rearing decisions after they have separated. These plans also clarify any confusion about living arrangements or parenting decisions to avoid future conflicts. Standard topics that can be included in the plan are:
- Parenting time and visitation (child custody)
- Decision making
- Child support
- Vacations and holidays
- Health care and insurance
- Social functions and activities
- Relocations to a different city, state or country
- Contact with other family members or parents’ new significant others.
What Does an Illinois Parenting Plan Cover?
Different states require different provisions in parenting plans. Illinois parenting plans may include statements about the following:
- Each parent's authority, rights and responsibilities
- Whether one parent or both are responsible for educational, non-emergent medical, religious and other important decisions
- If both parents are responsible, who is the “final decision maker” when they disagree about an important decision
- Sharing information and records (medical, education, appointments)
- How the parenting plan can be changed
- How the parents will resolve any disagreements about their parenting decisions
- How often the parenting plan will be reviewed, to make sure each parent and the children are adjusting well.
Contact a Palatine Family Lawyer Today
Like any other family law issue, parenting plans can be complicated and difficult to craft. Divorcing parents are in a complete transition, and their children are too. To ensure that the children’s best interests are kept top of mind during this time, call an experienced Illinois family lawyer.Attorney Nicholas W. Richardson has more than 10 years of experience helping clients in Cook County, DuPage County, McHenry County, Kane County and cities all across Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs. Attorney Richardson helps you through the process of negotiating a parenting plan and will advocate for your children’s best interests. Contact his office today for your free initial consultation.