The divorce process is a stressful time for all parties, especially when children are involved. In the state of Illinois, the court will carefully examine various criteria, including the living situations of both parents, to determine how parental responsibilities will be allocated. The revised language of Illinois’ child custody law is written in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the allocation of parental responsibilities will determine who makes decisions about the child’s enrollment in schools, engagement in extracurricular activities, and of course parenting time. In order to ensure that you maintain a significant relationship with your child, the first step you should take is hiring a skilled legal professional. Your attorney will then guide you through the steps you can take to secure the parental responsibilities you deserve.
Prepare for Independent Parenting: As you prepare for your custody hearing, it is time for you to begin focusing on how you will adjust to life as an independent parent. If you left your shared home with your spouse, finding a place that is safe and suitable for children will play a major role in the court’s decision. If you were working long hours, you may need to make changes to your work schedule to meet the needs of your child. Proving to the court that you are ready to make the sacrifices that come with independent parenting, can go a long way in impacting their decision.