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Knowledgeable Allocation of Parental Responsibility Lawyer in DuPage County
During a marriage dissolution, disputes over the parental authority of each spouse can be among the most contentious. To encourage a more collaborative and fluid approach, the state of Illinois has changed the terminology from “child custody” to “allocation of parental responsibility”. If you are facing a divorce and there are differences over the parenting plan, it is important to have a skilled advocate by your side fighting hard to protect your interests.
At The Law Offices of Nancy Kasko, LLC, we are well-versed on Illinois allocation of parental responsibility laws and related legal matters. Attorney Nancy Kasko handles all of our divorce and family law cases. She has been through her own contested divorce, and she has personal experience dealing with the emotional and financial stress it causes. Nancy understands what you are going through, and she does everything possible to make the legal end of the proceeding smooth and free of stress.
Nancy works closely with her clients. She spends a lot of time listening to their needs and concerns, so she can formulate an effective strategy that fits their objectives. Nancy also stays in close contact throughout the process, providing ongoing updates on how the case is progressing.
How is Allocation of Parental Responsibility Determined?
In Illinois, parental responsibility deals with two general topics; decision-making and parenting time (visitation). The law covers four significant areas of decision-making:
- Extra-Curricular Activities
Parenting time deals with the time each parent spends in-person with the child as determined by a parenting schedule.
Allocation of parental responsibility can be agreed upon by the spouses in advance, before presenting their plan to the court for approval. Since each circumstance involves a unique set of family dynamics, a pre-negotiated agreement is generally the best way to develop a parenting plan in keeping with the best interests of the child(ren). If spouses are unable to agree, however, then the court must decide these matters.
When the parenting plan is decided by the court, several factors are taken into consideration. These may include:
- Wishes of the Child(ren)
- Wishes of the Parents
- Previous Parenting Roles of Each Spouse
- Physical and Mental Health of the Parties Involved
- Geographic Location of the Parents
- Keeping Siblings Together
- Prior Parenting Agreements between the Parties
- The Safety of the Child(ren)
After the parenting plan is finalized, that is rarely the end of the matter. Circumstances often change, and a parenting modification may be needed to account for these changes. There are also instances when one of the parties is not holding up their end of the agreement. In such cases, post-divorce enforcement actions may be necessary to compel the uncooperative party to comply.
Speak with an Aggressive Divorce and Family Law Attorney in West Chicago
Allocation of parental responsibility can be a difficult area to resolve for divorcing spouses. Attorney Nancy Kasko has in-depth knowledge of this area of the law, and she fights hard to protect the interests of her clients and their children. Nancy is a skilled litigator and strong negotiator, and she stands by your side to ensure you end up with a parenting plan that fully addresses all your needs and concerns. For a free consultation with attorney Kasko, contact our Warrenville law office today at 630-836-8540 or our Wheaton office at 630-407-1665. We serve clients in Warrenville, Winfield, Wheaton, and West Chicago, Illinois.