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Divorce is challenging regardless of the circumstances; however, a divorce involving children often comes with additional difficulties. If you are a parent who is thinking about filing for divorce, you probably have questions and concerns about child-related issues. In Illinois, divorcing parents are asked to create a “parenting plan” that outlines how they will divide parenting tasks and responsibilities. If the parents cannot agree on the terms of their parenting plan, the court will issue a decision for the parents that is in the best interest of the child.

Allocating Parental Responsibilities

Illinois law no longer uses terms like “child custody,” “visitation,” or “sole custody.” Instead, child custody is separated into two components: parental responsibilities and parenting time. Parental responsibilities describe a parent’s decision-making authority. Parents have the option to share decision-making authority as they see fit. For example, one parent may be in charge of education-related decisions while the other parent handles healthcare. The parents may also decide that one parent will be solely responsible for all of the major decisions about the child’s upbringing.

Parenting Time Schedules and Parental Rights

Parenting time refers to the time a parent spends directly caring for his or her child. Parents must include a parenting time schedule or a detailed method for determining the allocation of parenting time in their parenting plan. When it comes to parenting plans, the more detailed, the better. Do not forget to include parenting time arrangements for holidays, school breaks, and other special occasions.

Parents will also need to address several other issues, including but not limited to:

·        How the child will be transported between the parents’ homes

·        How any future proposed changes to the parenting plan should be handled

·        How the child will communicate with a parent during the other parent’s allotted parenting time

·        What will happen if a parent cannot fulfill his or her assigned parenting time

·        How any future parental relocations should be handled

The parenting plan also describes the rights both parents have. Parents have the right to be informed of child-related emergencies, travel plans, medical concerns, school records, and other important matters. Parents also have the right to be informed about the other parents’ change of residence if the move constitutes a parental “relocation” according to Illinois law. There are over a dozen specific issues you will need to address in your parenting plan.

Contact a Will County Divorce Lawyer

Parents in Illinois must complete a parenting plan and submit it to the court when going through a divorce. If you are a parent who is thinking about ending your marriage, an accomplished Joliet, IL family law attorney from the Law Offices of Tedone & Morton, P.C. can help. Call our office today at 815-733-5350 or 815-666-1285 to schedule your free consultation and learn more.



Joliet divorce lawyersFamily structures have changed drastically over the last several years – so has divorce. It used to be that one parent would keep the family home and the other would relocate, or the couple would sell the family home and then both would relocate. Now there are birdnesting arrangements, where the children keep the home and the parents both rotate in and out to care for them. How does this arrangement work, and is it right for your family? The following may help you decide.

Birdnesting Basics

Birdnesting is not a traditional parenting plan arrangement, but it is a growing trend. Much of its popularity can be attributed to the changes in family structure; working parents may find it easier to move in and out of the home instead of moving the children around. However, the real root of this trend is based on what parents feel to be the best interests of their children.

Divorce is infamous for creating stress in children, and many kids struggle to cope. Birdnesting attempts to combat such issues by minimizing the number of changes in a child's life. They keep the same room. They go to the same school. Everything is familiar. The only thing that may be different is how they spend their time. Mom might be home one day, and dad might be home the next. However, there are some birdnesting arrangements in which parents spend time together; an example might be sharing family meals instead of eating separately.

Is Birdnesting Right for You?

Making an arrangement like birdnesting work is no easy task. You have to share a space with your spouse, and many of the issues that you dealt with in marriage may still surface. For example, if you come home to spend the week with the kids and your spouse has failed to do the housecleaning, you may quickly become frustrated with the situation. In addition, couples who struggle to act maturely, suffer from a lot of animosity toward one another, and couples who have a history of abuse are rarely good candidates for birdnesting. On the other hand, if you are patient, willing to work together, and can set clear boundaries, this parenting plan may work for you.

Contact Our Joliet Family Law Attorneys

If you are considering birdnesting for your family, contact Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. for assistance. Known for our ability to approach each case with a unique perspective, our Joliet divorce lawyers can work to ensure you have considered all the potential pros and cons of your decision. We can also assist you with the smaller details of your arrangement. Get started by scheduling a free consultation. Call us at 815-666-1285 today.


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