Illinois Divorce Lawyer Russell Knight Explains Visitation and Parenting Time in Chicago Illinois
Illinois divorce lawyer Russell Knight releases a new article (https://rdklegal.com/divorce-family-law-services/chicago-parenting-time/) that explains how visitation and parenting time works in Illinois. The lawyer mentions that in Illinois, the decision-making for the children of separated parents is called “custody” and the time spent with a non-primary parent is referred to as “visitation”. However, this was changed in 2016 so that parents would no longer feel unequal and emotionally charged with terms such as “custody” and “visitation”.
According to the Illinois divorce lawyer, “Now the courts require any parents in a domestic relations action to propose a parenting plan within 120 days. That parenting plan is to outline the 1) parental responsibilities of each party and 2) parenting time of each party.”
The lawyer explains that having a parenting plan will propose an allocation of parental responsibilities. This parenting plan is very important, especially in areas of the children’s life where each particular parent or both will make decisions that will affect their lives significantly.
Attorney Russell Knight also says that there are four “significant issues” to be included in the parenting plan. These issues include education (including the choice of schools and tutors), health, religion, and extracurricular activities. The immediate decisions will remain in the scope of the parent who is with the child at the time.
In the article, the lawyer also mentions that once both parents hand in their parenting plans, they are presumed to talk about it and come to an agreement. This agreement is called an “allocation judgment” and will then be presented to the judge. However, if both parents are not able to agree with each other’s plans, mediation will be mandatory.
Furthermore, attorney Knight discusses that the court will determine what is best for the child when considering both parents’ plans. They will consider the child’s wishes, the way the child is going to adjust to their home, the mental & physical health of all individuals involved, the wishes of the parents, the child’s needs, and any other factor that the court finds to be relevant.
Lastly, the Chicago divorce lawyer emphasizes the importance of having a skilled lawyer when it comes to dealing with matters like mediation and parenting plans. Having an experienced attorney may be able to help the client understand their rights and responsibilities in the divorce and also their rights towards their children if they have any.
About The Law Office of Russell D. Knight
The Law Office of Russell D. Knight was established in 2009 by the divorce attorney Russell D. Knight. The lawyer’s love for family law is demonstrated by the numerous articles personally written by the lawyer. Russell is a licensed lawyer throughout Florida and Illinois. The attorney has a legal practice in both states and employs an entire staff of paralegals and attorneys in the two states of Chicago, Illinois, and Naples, Florida. Contact them today at (773) 334-6311
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