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Schaumburg Parental Responsibility Lawyer

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Divorce Lawyers for the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities in Schaumburg

If you have kids, the decision to end your marriage through divorce is probably not going to be easy. Your family will likely go through a lot of changes as you and the other parent separate from each other and begin establishing new households and independent lives. During this time, you will want to make sure your children's needs will be met, and you will also want to provide them with a sense of consistency and make sure they know what to expect. As you determine how you and your ex will share the responsibilities related to raising your children going forward, it is crucial to get legal help and representation from a skilled family law attorney.

The lawyers of A. Traub & Associates are passionate about safeguarding your parental rights and helping you achieve an outcome to your divorce or child custody case that will put your children's needs first. We will listen to your concerns and wishes regarding the custody of your children, and we will provide robust legal support and representation throughout your case.

Allocation of Parental Responsibility in Illinois

Divorcing or separated parents will need to determine how they will share in the "allocation of parental responsibility," which was formerly known as "legal custody." Parental responsibilities involve the right to make decisions about how children will be raised. Parents can share responsibilities, or one parent may be solely responsible for certain decisions. As they determine how to handle these issues, responsibilities may be allocated between parents in the areas of:

  1. Medical care and treatment - Choices made in regards to a child's medical treatment, dental or orthodontic care, or mental and emotional health will fall under this category.
  2. Educational matters - Parents who are allocated responsibility in this area may choose where children will attend school and whether they will receive tutoring or other forms of instruction or education.
  3. Extracurricular activities - In addition to academics, parents may determine how they will make choices about their child's extracurriculars, including participation in athletics, scouting, music instruction, clubs, or other non-educational activities.
  4. Religious matters - Depending on the religious background of the parents and their desires regarding their children, they may need to determine how they will make decisions about if or where children will go to church or other services, as well as whether they will receive religious education and participate in activities with certain organizations.

Parental responsibility decisions will be detailed in a parenting plan, which will become part of the parents' divorce decree. Parents can negotiate the terms of their parenting plan, and they may use mediation or other methods to resolve any disputes they encounter. If a workable agreement cannot be reached, the final decisions about parental responsibility will be made by a judge. Factors that a judge may consider when addressing issues related to the allocation of parental responsibilities include:

  • Both parents' wishes may be taken into account, and the desires of the children may also play a role in decisions, although this will depend on whether a child has the ability to discuss these issues and make their wishes known as appropriate for their age and maturity level.
  • How well the parents will be able to meet the needs of the children based on the physical and mental health of the parents, as well as their ability to address issues related to children's physical and mental wellness.
  • The children's connections to their home and community and their ability to adjust to any necessary changes.
  • How well the parents will be able to work together to raise their children, including their willingness to foster good relationships between the children and both parents.
  • How involved the parents have each been in decision-making for children during their marriage or relationship.
  • Agreements the parents have made between themselves about how their children should be raised and their conduct regarding important child-related decisions in the past.
  • Any safety issues that may make restrictions on parental responsibilities appropriate, such as instances of domestic violence or other behaviors that may put children at risk of harm, either physically or emotionally.

Contact Our Schaumburg Allocation of Parental Responsibility Lawyers

At A. Traub & Associates, we understand that going through a divorce is not only hard on you, but also on your family. We will do everything in our power to make sure that your parental rights and the best interests of your children are protected every step of the way. To set up a confidential consultation with one of our compassionate, experienced attorneys, contact us today at 630-426-0196.

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