Experienced Child Custody Attorneys Serving Schaumburg, Palatine, and Barrington, Illinois
If you share a child with your ex, the parenting agreement that you have drafted with the assistance of your attorneys is crucial for laying the foundation for the care of your child. In Illinois, “child custody” is referred to as “allocation of parental responsibilities,” and a parenting plan must be in place in order to establish both parents’ legal obligations and rights with respect to your child.
Given the importance of parenting plans in the custody and parenting aspects of child care, as shared between you and your ex, it is crucial that, in drafting them, you work with an experienced attorney in coming up with a document that reflects your rights and what is in the best interest of your child. These plans become enforceable once filed with the court.
The experienced Schaumburg child custody attorneys at Glasgow & Olsson have helped many clients draft and obtain parental agreements that meet their needs and the needs of their children. We have also served as strong and effective advocates for parents in resolving their child custody disputes through litigation, if needed. Contact us today for a free consultation.
What Parenting Plans Cover
In general, parenting plans cover the parents’ obligations, such as:
- Each parent’s responsibilities regarding major decisions in the child’s life;
- How the parties will resolve any disputes or modifications to the plan in the future (i.e. through mediation, etc.);
- Allotted parenting time in the schedule (including where the child will live/on what days, their residential address for record-keeping purposes, etc.);
- Details concerning access to the child’s records (school, medical, etc.);
- Contact information for each parent (including employment info);
- The right of first refusal (i.e. if the scheduled parent is unable to take care of the child during a particular period, the other parent has a right to have the child during this time);
- Transportation-related provisions;
- Details regarding how the parents will communicate with each other;
- Relocation restrictions, including requirements relating to any change in residence; and
- Any other important provisions that the parents and/or child identify as necessary to represent the child’s best interests.
Typically, each parent will work on the parenting plan with his or her attorney and then submit it to the court, whereby it becomes an enforceable court order. If there is disagreement over the parenting agreement, the judge can intervene and make determinations based upon what is in the best interests of the child. Once a court case for allocation of parental responsibilities has been initiated, the child’s parents must file the proposed parenting plan within 120 days.
Contact Us for Assistance
If you have children and are thinking about pursuing a divorce in Illinois, one of our child custody attorneys can help you draft and file a parenting plan that best reflects your rights, priorities, and the best interests of your child. Contact the experienced Schaumburg child custody lawyers at Glasgow & Olsson at (847) 577-8700 or online to arrange an initial consultation.