Understanding Allocation of Parental Responsibilities And Parenting Time

The attorneys at Grotta & Associates, P.C., know the stress and emotional toll that come with divorce, and especially decisions relating to allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time (formerly known as child custody and visitation). We know you want what's best for your child.

The best interests of the children are the focal points for judges. Decades ago, divorce meant that most everyone — including the courts — placed children with their mother the majority of the time and fathers had visitation.

In today's world, that is no longer the case. Judges have recognized that the circumstances of every case are different, and that children benefit with involvement from both parents in most situations. Judges will consider a host of factors and make a determination based on the best interests of the child or children.

How Will Parental Responsibilities Be Allocated?

As of January 1, 2016, the court no longer utilizes the terms custody and visitation. The court will now allocate decision-making responsibilities or parental responsibilities for the minor child(ren) to one or both parents, depending on the best interest of the child(ren). The court will allocate decision-making responsibility in the following areas: education, health, religion, and extracurricular activities.

The attorneys of Grotta & Associates, P.C., have extensive experience preparing parent allocation judgments and modifications to said agreements. They will help you craft an agreement that will focus on your child(ren).

Our family law attorneys will sit down with you and help you understand the factors a judge will consider when ruling on parental responsibilities and parenting time, as well as the law in Illinois. A judge will consider the parental involvement of the last 24 months, ability of each parent to cooperate with the other and who takes care of the child(ren)'s daily needs.

Ensure Stability For Your Child

Hire our firm and get lawyers who can help you reach a parenting agreement with your spouse, even in the most difficult situations. Do everything you can to set up your child for a stable and happy childhood. Contact Grotta & Associates, P.C., to set up an initial consultation and meet with attorneys at one of our four locations.

We serve clients in Cook County, DuPage County and Will County. You also can contact us online.