Most parents in Illinois work hard to make the decisions that are in the best interests of their children. For some couples, this means choosing to divorce so that both parents can live happier lives and set good examples for their children. In the past, many parents might be concerned that making such a decision would mean less time with their children. However, more states are starting to recognize the importance of an equal parenting arrangement. Some politicians are working to ensure that this new mindset regarding child custody is reflected in Illinois laws.
In fact, House Bill 184 has been proposed to help ensure that the standard in child custody cases is equal parenting time. The bill was proposed by Rep. La Shawn Ford and Allen Skillicorn. If passed, the bill would add language to existing laws that would make equal parenting time presumed in child custody cases.
Courts would have to determine parenting time unless couples present a plan to the court for approval. There are measures in place to ensure that children are not in danger. In fact, there are 17 restrictions listed in the bill, requiring courts to consider things such as abuse and the child's and parent's wishes when making such decisions. In addition to this change, the bill would delete current language that does not ensure that both parents have the ability to make decisions regarding their children.
Most people in Illinois recognize that every family is unique with individualized needs. There are many benefits of an equal parenting custody arrangement, but it may not be the right choice for every family. As such, those wanting to ensure that the best interests of their children are met want an attorney with experience with family law ensuring that the court hears any information pertinent to making decisions regarding child custody.