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Palatine Child Custody Lawyers

Palatine Child Custody Lawyers

If you are a parent considering filing for divorce, understand that a parenting plan will be part of your divorce settlement. In most cases, a parenting plan gives both parents regular time with their child. This arrangement was once known as joint residential custody. Now, the term “custody” has been replaced by “parental responsibilities” and the concept of visitation has been replaced by parenting time. This adjustment was made to make the law fit better with today’s parenting culture and avoid feelings of winning and losing among divorcing parents.

How is a Custody Plan Developed?

The court develops a parenting plan for a child by considering a variety of facts about the child and his or her parents. The court can use its discretion to weigh certain factors more heavily than others as it deems necessary. The factors it considers include, but are not limited to:

  • Each parent’s age and health;
  • The child’s personal needs, such as the need for specific academic or medical resources;
  • If the child is 14 or older, his or her preference may be considered;
  • Each parent’s willingness to cooperate with each other and the court on child-related orders like child support and the parenting plan;
  • The child’s relationship with each parent and the other people present in their households; and
  • Any history of domestic violence in either parent’s household.

Can I Modify my Parenting Plan?

As a child grows and matures, the parenting plan established when his or her parents divorced does not always continue to serve his or her needs. For example, a parenting plan created for a kindergartener might have kept them in the same school to reduce the upheaval to his or her established schedule, but by high school, the child might be better served by living primarily with the parent whose local school district provides more comprehensive college preparation resources. In a case like this, parents may modify their parenting plan to adjust it to their child’s current best interest.

Typically, a parenting plan cannot be modified unless it has been in place for at least two years. Exceptions to this rule include a parent’s proposed move that requires court approval or when a parent feels his or her child is in danger with the other parent. When parents agree to a modified parenting plan, changing it is as simple as submitting new documents to the court. When parents disagree, the parent seeking the change must prove to the court that the change is in the child’s best interest.

Work with an Experienced Palatine Child Custody Attorney

To learn more about how a parenting plan is created, enforced, and modified in Illinois, set up your initial legal consultation with one of the experienced child custody attorneys at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. today. We are here to help you through the divorce process and the legal issues that can crop up in the months and years that follow. Do not wait to get started with a member of our team.

Contact Our Illinois Divorce & Custody Law Firm Today

You will find our attorneys to be flexible, responsive, and ready to begin providing exceptional representation to protect your rights and your best interests immediately. Call our law office now at 312-624-7656 to schedule a consultation about your family law needs at no initial charge.

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