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In 2016, new child custody laws went into effect. In this article, our DuPage County attorneys discuss the changes that occurred that were designed to reduce and limit disputes while bringing the law closer to modern parenting realities.
Instead of using terms such as "visitation" and "non-custodial parents," new Illinois custody laws now work in terms of "allocation of shared parenting time and responsibility." Under this law, parental shared responsibility is divided into four categories: medical, religious, educational and extra-curricular activities. The decision making power for each category is assigned to a parent either by agreement of the parents or by court order. Parenting time will now be divided among both parents without labeling each parent as either the "non-custodial" or "custodial" parent.
In this article, our DuPage County child custody attorneys discuss the different factors DuPage County domestic relations courts consider when resolving issues regarding the allocation of responsibility and parenting time.
The courts base all their child custody decisions on what would be in "the best interest of the child." The courts need to weigh several statutory factors when determining what would be in the best interest of the child. These factors are determined by the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. These include issues such as the child's adjustment to his or her school or living situation as well as the parent's wishes. Our DuPage custody attorneys also summarize some of the common factors that can be taken into consideration by the courts based on case law.
Our Dupage County custody lawyers explain what you need to know in regards to how marriage settlement agreements work. Marriage Settlement Agreements are used by both parties in a divorce that pertain to the issues regarding how a divorce will be handled. This includes issues such as asset division and maintenance, child custody and support. In most cases courts will typically honor the agreements made between both parties, however, may modify agreements pertaining to custody and support in what it perceives as the best interest if the child. Also, in some instances, the courts may choose not to enter agreements it finds to be "unconscionable." Our Dupage County custody attorneys will give you skillful complete information relating to the entering of these types of agreements into the judiciary record as well as how to modify them when a divorce is completed.