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Law Firm For Help Resolving Child Custody Issues in Cook County

When parents decide to divorce, they must make decisions regarding where their children will live and who will make certain decisions for them, and disagreements over these issues can lead to incredibly contentious disputes. However, if parents keep their children's best interests in mind, they can make an effort to work together to reach a mutually agreeable resolution that will allow them to both play an active, ongoing role in their children's lives.

At Anderson and Associates, P.C., our divorce lawyers have more than 30 years of experience helping parents resolve issues related to their children, and we will work to protect your children's best interests throughout the divorce process.

Allocation of Parental Responsibility Under Illinois Law

Recently, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act was revised to address the changing nature of parent/child relationships. Rather than granting sole or joint custody of children to parents, the law now uses the term "allocation of parental responsibility," identifying four areas of decision-making responsibility which can be granted to one parent or shared between the parents. These areas are:

  1. Education
  2. Healthcare (including medical, dental, and mental health care)
  3. Religion
  4. Extracurricular activities

Parents are encouraged to work together (through mediation, collaborative law, or negotiations) to decide how these responsibilities will be allocated, but if they cannot reach an agreement, the decision will be left up to the court. When determining how to allocate parental responsibilities, a judge will consider several factors, including:

  • The wishes of the parents and children (while taking children's level of maturity and their capability to express their desires into consideration).
  • The needs of the children and their adjustment to their home, school, and community.
  • The physical and mental health of parents, children, and any other parties involved.
  • Each parent's past level of participation in making decisions for their children, as well as any previous agreements or conduct between the parents related to decision-making.
  • The level of conflict between parents which may affect their ability to make decisions, and their ability to cooperate in future decision-making.
  • Each parent's willingness to encourage a close, ongoing relationship between their children and the other parent.
  • The distance between the parents' homes, the difficulty and cost of transporting children between these homes, and the parents' willingness to cooperate in this transportation.
  • Whether a child has been the victim of physical violence or abuse, or if there is any other reason a parent's responsibility should be restricted.

Contact an Orland Park Divorce Lawyer

The experienced, compassionate attorneys of Anderson and Associates, P.C. understand the strong emotions that are involved in the decisions surrounding children during divorce, and we work with our clients with the goal of reaching a harmonious resolution that provides the best possible outcome for children. For a skilled legal advocate who will work to protect your rights and your children's best interests, contact our Cook County divorce attorneys at 708-226-9904 to schedule a consultation. We provide legal help to clients in Orland Park, Tinley Park, Mokena, Homer Glen, and Palos Heights.

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