Kane County Attorneys for Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
Child Custody Lawyers Located in Saint Charles, Illinois
If you are a parent, you do not need anyone to tell you how heart-wrenching the decision to divorce or forego marriage can be. Properly providing for your child can feel overwhelming, and it may seem completely impossible to cooperate with another parent constructively. Deciding how your parenting responsibilities will be split is a critical part of the divorce or break-up process, and our attorneys are fully equipped to help you do so reasonably, and with minimal contentiousness whenever possible.
Olita Law Group is a full-service family law firm committed to helping families find equitable solutions to whatever legal concerns they may be facing. With nearly 40 years of experience, we understand the law and are intimately familiar with the court systems in the counties we serve. Beyond that, however, we realize that, when you are going through a difficult divorce or child-related matter, you need more than legal advice. You need someone who will guide you through the process, educating you along the way, and providing you with information necessary to make informed decisions. When you work with our firm, the answers you need are never more than a phone call away.
Illinois Lawyers Skilled in Developing Parenting Plans
With recent changes to the law, the state of Illinois has moved away from the competitive nature of child custody determinations and implemented an approach designed to keep the focus on the needs of the child. Known as the allocation of parental responsibilities, the new process expects parents to do their best to overcome their personal differences and draft a plan for the cooperative raising of their child. The presiding court will expect to see in your parenting plan an outline for each parent, and the responsibilities that each will assume. We can assist you in creating a plan that incorporates the strengths of each parent in such a way that your child will be greatly benefited.
Parental responsibilities are divided into two primary areas. The first consists of significant decision-making responsibilities, which determine the parent who is responsible for the child's education, medical care, religious training, and extracurricular activities. The second primary area includes what the law calls caretaking functions. Caretaking functions are the parental responsibilities related to everyday life: meals, homework, school attendance, bedtimes, transportation, chores, discipline, and any other activities deemed to be appropriate. Typically, the caretaking functions will be the responsibility of the parent with parenting time on any given day, the schedule for which is also a part of a comprehensive parenting plan.
Advocating for the Equitable Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
When you and the other parent cannot agree upon a parenting plan, even with the help of ordered mediation, the court may enter an order at its own discretion. The order will allocate parental responsibilities as the court sees fit, after considering the best interests of the child. The relationship between the child and each parent, each parent's wishes, those of the child, the child's adjustment to home, school, and community environments, and the existence of violence or the threat of violence, among other factors, may affect the court's decision. At Olita Law Group, we are prepared to advocate on your behalf, and to fight tirelessly for your rights as a parent.
If you are in need of legal representation for the process of allocating parental responsibilities, contact one of our attorneys today. Call 630-402-0333 to schedule your free, confidential consultation with Olita Law Group. We are proud to serve clients in Kane, Cook, Will, Kendall, and DuPage Counties.