A critical issue parents must address during divorce is whether they can make important decisions about their child’s life together. In Illinois, this type of arrangement used to be known as joint legal custody. Today, this is called joint allocation of decision-making responsibilities. This refers to situations where parents share the authority to make decisions about a child’s well-being and upbringing, including decisions about religion, health care, schooling, and other important aspects of the child’s life.
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Shared parenting time — when a child splits his or her time between both parents — can be difficult. With respect to allocating decision-making, however, many Illinois parents are able to share joint decision-making and work together deciding what’s best for their children. Courts tend to prefer this arrangement, as there are many benefits, such as having a child growing up with two involved parents, as well as allowing parents to more easily put aside their differences and focus on the best interests of their child.
Our attorneys understand that a joint decision-making arrangement is not always possible, however. In fact, certain parents often want sole decision-making not for the best interest of their child, but rather to punish their spouse. Courts will weigh all factors, including a parent’s motivations for seeking sole custody, before deciding on how to allocate decision-making responsibilities.
When you visit our firm, we will take the time to learn about your situation and discuss whether joint or sole decision-making is in the best interests of your son or daughter. We can then negotiate with your spouse or bring a compelling argument before a judge to get the results you need.
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