In 2016, Illinois officially removed the terms “custody” and “visitation” from its legal code. Under state law, the concepts are now known respectively as “parental responsibilities” and “parenting time.” In allocating parenting time, the specific circumstances of the case will always be considered-equal parenting time and is by no means guaranteed. While state courts presume a child should spend time with both parents, any parenting time split is possible. Here, our Naperville and Bolingbrook family law attorneys provide an overview of how parenting time is determined in Illinois.
Six of the Most Important Factors Courts Consider When Allocating Parenting Time
Under Illinois law (750 ILCS 5/602.7), parenting time and parental responsibilities are allocated in a manner deemed to be in the best interests of the child. While the child’s needs always come first, the parents’ desires matter. Illinois courts will give parents considerable discretion to create their own parenting time agreement. If a shared parenting agreement cannot be reached, the court will allocate parenting time. Here are six of the most important factors Illinois courts consider in parenting time cases.
To be clear, there are also other factors which will be considered. The Illinois parenting time statute explicitly allows state courts to consider any issue the court deems relevant to protecting the best interests of the child. Parenting time is always determined on a case-by-case basis.
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At Keller Legal Services, our Illinois family law attorneys have extensive experience handling complex parenting time cases. To set up a free, confidential review of your case, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today. From our offices in Naperville, Wheaton and Aurora, we represent parents throughout the region, including in DuPage County, Kane County, Will County and Cook County.