Every single year, thousands of Americans make the difficult decision to pursue a divorce. A divorce can be incredibly emotionally challenging, especially for children. In many divorces, children must grapple with the fact that they will likely have one sole custodial parent while another parent may be granted some visitation rights. Having to virtually say goodbye to one parent can be incredibly traumatizing to a child. Because of this, the state of Illinois recently updated their child custody laws, in an attempt to seek solutions that are more conducive to child development. Below we will touch on the legal changes and how you can ensure you will remain an important part of your child’s life.
Changes to Custody Language in Illinois
Due to the fact that the state of Illinois puts the child’s best interest first when it comes to issues of child custody, it should come as no surprise that recent legal changes have further offered a chance for both parents to remain an integral part of the child’s life. Due to alterations made in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, custodial privileges are no longer defined by concrete terms such as sole-custody parents. Now both parents are awarded some level of parental responsibilities (barring concerns over the child’s health and wellbeing).