When it comes to your children, it is essential in keeping their best interests in the forefront of every decision that is made. When a marriage is dissolved, it is mandatory to determine who the child will reside with, whether it is with one parent or both at different times. Legal allocation of parental responsibility refers to decision making and parenting time. The major decisions that must be addresses in an allocation judgment are: education, medical and healthcare, extracurricular activities, and religion. Regarding parenting time, the parties may agree to a shared parenting schedule or one parent is designated as having the majority parenting time and a detailed parenting schedule is determined.
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In Illinois, when allocation of parenting time and responsibility is a factor in a divorce proceeding, the court may consider the following factors among others:
The wishes of the child, taking into account the
child’s maturity and ability to express reasoned and independent preferences as to decision-making;
(2) the child’s adjustment to his or her home,
school, and community;
(3) the mental and physical health of all individuals
(4) the ability of the parents to cooperate to make
decisions, or the level of conflict between the parties that may affect their ability to share decision-making;
(5) the level of each parent’s participation in past
significant decision-making with respect to the child;
(6) any prior agreement or course of conduct between
the parents relating to decision-making with respect to the child;
(7) the wishes of the parents;
(8) the child’s needs;
(9) the distance between the parents’ residences, the
cost and difficulty of transporting the child, each parent’s and the child’s daily schedules, and the ability of the parents to cooperate in the arrangement;
(10) whether a restriction on decision-making is
appropriate under Section 603.10;
(11) the willingness and ability of each parent to
facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child;
(12) the physical violence or threat of physical
violence by the child’s parent directed against the child;
(13) the occurrence of abuse against the child or
other member of the child’s household;
(14) whether one of the parents is a sex offender,
and if so, the exact nature of the offense and what, if any, treatment in which the parent has successfully participated; and
(15) any other factor that the court expressly finds
to be relevant.
Aside from these points, the court may consider other factors to determine allocation of parental responsibility and parenting time. Contact the lawyers at Krentz, Salfisberg & Swanson Haggard to receive constant dedication and personalized service.
Allocation of Parenting Time
Illinois courts encourage reasonable parenting time. Allocation of parenting time typically includes routine scheduled parenting time, holiday and vacation time. The parties can agree to a routine parenting time schedule. If this is not possible, then the courts may create a schedule that revolves around the child’s best interests.
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