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Divorce Attorneys Assisting Parents With Visitation in Cook County

When parents decide to divorce, they and their children will need to adjust to living in two separate households, and they will often disagree about how much time children should spend with each parent. However, it is in the children's best interests to maintain a close relationship with both parents, which means that divorcing spouses should work together to determine a workable schedule that allows them both to play an active role in raising their children.

The skilled attorneys of Anderson and Associates, P.C. have over 30 years of experience working with parents to resolve child-related disputes during divorce, and we can provide you with the guidance you need to reach a resolution that protects your parental rights and your children's best interests.

Parenting Time Under Illinois Law

In recent years, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act was updated with language that reflects the modern realities of parenting. Rather than granting physical custody to one parent and visitation to the other, the law now allocates parenting time between parents. With this change, the law recognizes that in today's families, both parents are often closely involved in raising their children, and following divorce, they should both continue to provide the care that children need.

Ideally, divorcing parents should work together to determine their post-divorce parenting time schedules, reaching an agreement through negotiation, mediation, or collaborative law. However, if parents are unable to come to a mutually agreeable solution, the decision of how to allocate parenting time will be left up to the court. Illinois law describes several factors that a judge should consider when making this decision, including:

  • The parents' and children's wishes (while accounting for children's maturity level and their ability to communicate their preferences).
  • The children's needs, including how they have adjusted to living in their current home, school, and community.
  • The physical and psychological health of all parties, including parents, children, and other family members.
  • The children's relationships with their parents, siblings, and other people in their lives.
  • The time each parent spent caring for their children (including feeding, dressing, grooming, playing with, transporting, instructing, and disciplining them) in the previous two years.
  • Any agreements between the parents and their previous course of conduct in caring for their children.
  • Whether each parent is willing to put their children's needs before their own and encourage their children to continue to have a close relationship with the other parent.
  • The amount of distance between the parents' residences and whether parents are willing to accommodate each other's and their children's daily schedules and cooperate in transporting children between their residences.
  • Whether a child is at risk of physical violence while in the care of a parent, whether they or another family member have been a victim of abuse in the past, or any other reasons a parent's parenting time should be restricted.

Contact a Tinley Park Parenting Time Attorney

At Anderson and Associates, P.C., our compassionate attorneys know the difficulties parents and children face when adjusting to new parenting time schedules following divorce, and we can work with you to reach a resolution that ensures that you will be an ongoing presence in your children's lives. We will help you negotiate an agreement, and, if necessary, advocate for your and your children's best interests in court. Contact our Cook County divorce lawyers at 708-226-9904 to schedule a consultation. We provide legal help to clients in Orland Park, Oak Forest, Mokena, and Palos Heights.

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