For The Sake Of Your Children’s Best Interests And Your Parental Rights
Divorce or separation when children are involved can be stressful and impact the whole family, especially the kids. Generally, consideration of parental rights includes understanding a parent’s responsibilities. During divorce proceedings and afterward, roles of each parent can become unclear because of the breakup of the household, as well as disagreements within the family. Determining or approving a child custody and visitation arrangement is ultimately the court’s decision, but Illinois laws usually allow parents to mutually agree on parenting plans that can be adjusted throughout the child’s life.
Our Lawyers Can Be Advocates For Your Rights As A Parent Facing Divorce
At Grotta & Associates, P.C., one of our knowledgeable attorneys can sit down with you and explain how the court will evaluate your parental rights and how to advocate for your position and your children’s interests before a judge. We know that you want what is best for your child(ren) and we can educate you throughout the legal process to help ensure that each child has what they need to thrive.
Aspects Of Parental Rights
Determining parental rights during a divorce or separation is often complicated and will likely involve a discussion of custody, visitation and, in some cases, the child’s paternity.
- Child custody includes both legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody includes important decisions about the child’s life, while physical custody refers to which parent the child will primarily live with. In Illinois, parents can share both legal and physical custody or a single parent may have primary custody.
- Parenting time, sometimes called visitation, is another important aspect of parental rights. It refers to the guidelines by which a child will spend time with a noncustodial parent. Supervision is rarely required in Illinois, except in special circumstances.
- Paternity may become important during a divorce if child support payments are in order and when custody is being decided upon. Even if you are not the child’s biological father, if you have cared for the child while they are young, an Illinois family law court may still assign to you the rights and responsibilities of a parent. Speak with an attorney about the details of your case to understand how this issue may affect your divorce.
At the end of the day, the child’s best interests are the most important factor when parents separate. Our lawyers can help you determine how to proceed during a stressful time, while still advocating for your kids’ future.
Speak With A Family Law Attorney Today
With four convenient locations in Cook, DuPage and Will counties, we’re easy to reach. Contact Grotta & Associates, P.C., at 708-873-9500 or send us an email with your questions about parental rights.