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IL family lawyerDue to changes in Illinois state family law, child custody is now referred to as parental responsibilities, still, the definition remains the same. If a parent is awarded parental responsibilities, they will essentially be granted custodial privileges. In the state of Illinois, parents can be awarded decision-making power as well as parenting time. While many couples seek to secure the overwhelming majority or all of the parental responsibilities in a divorce, the truth is that sharing parental responsibilities can be in your child’s best interest. If you are seeking a divorce, it is critically important to speak with a knowledgeable parental responsibilities attorney.

Your Child Maintains a Relationship With Both Parents: While visitation rights can still be granted in a divorce in which one parent is awarded all parental responsibilities, a child can benefit greatly from living and experiencing life with both parents. If you and your spouse both believe that you are capable parents, it may be time to work with your attorney to come to an agreement on the issues surrounding parental responsibilities, such as parenting time. Working with your spouse to develop a parenting plan can ensure that you have the flexibility to develop a schedule that will be conducive to your child’s lifestyle.

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Before you enter into a custody agreement, you should make sure that you have a full and complete understanding of the agreement. For example, it is important to understand that if you enter into a Joint Parenting Agreement (JPA), absent showing of "serious endangerment", you will not be able to modify custody for two full years after the entry of the agreement. Moreover, with joint parenting agreements, the Court will also not modify your agreement unless you and your ex attend mediation to first try to resolve whatever parenting issues you may have. Mediation does not, however, apply to financial modifications, such as the amount of child support you are either receiving or paying. Support is always modifiable if there is an increase or a decrease of income or if there are other appropriate circumstances. To learn more about custody agreements and their consequences call our office for a free consultation. We have a polish speaking attorney and our office is located in DuPage County in Lombard. We also accept cases in Chicago, Cook County, Will County, Lake County, Kane County and Kendall.

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