Parenting with another person is difficult enough when the parents remain in a committed, romantic relationship. When that relationship ends, some parents in Illinois may have difficulty. Though both parents likely want only what is in the child's best interests, they may struggle to agree on what that is. Fortunately, the law firm of Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd. is ready to help you fight for what is right for your child and is aware of how recent changes in state law may impact your child custody claims.
Recent changes in Illinois state law modifies many of the terms associated with child custody. The Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act focuses on how parental responsibilities are allocated rather than legal and physical custody. Visitation is now discussed as parenting time.
The new law also reduces decisions of shared versus sole custody and physical versus legal custody to two main legal points. These include the parents' ability to make important decisions regarding the child, including those related to religious upbringing, health and extracurricular activities in addition to the amount of time the child spends with each parent. Though an address must be listed as the child's physical residence, the allocation of time could be equal or unequal between parents.
While a number of factors are examined when creating a child custody plan in Illinois, the primary focus is the best interest of the child. Our associates will work closely with you to ensure we have a full understanding of all the factors at play in your individual case. This knowledge allows us to advocate for a plan that works for both your children and you.