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parenting time, visitation, DuPage County family law attorneyFor many years in Illinois, the parental right to reasonable visitation has been fiercely protected by law. While a court could restrict or limit visitation to protect the child, it would take an extremely serious set of circumstances to completely terminate such rights of a parent. Thanks to a measure passed in Illinois this past year, parents will no longer be considered to have so-called “visitation” with their children. Instead the term to be used will be “parenting time,” more accurately representing the inherent responsibilities.

Changes in Child Custody Laws

The shift from visitation to parenting time is part of an overall larger transformation of the state’s child custody provisions. Concepts of sole and joint custody are being eliminated in favor of a much more cooperative idea of allocated parenting responsibilities. Child custody, as it currently exists, was often a major point of contention for divorcing, separated, or unmarried parents, as many seemed fixated on “winning” or “losing” a custody battle. By focusing on actual parenting responsibilities rather than titles or statuses like custodial and non-custodial parent, the well-being of the child is more likely to remain the top priority.

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child custody consideration, child custody process, Illinois family law attorney, joint custody, Illinois child custody, Illinois child custody law, custody trends, shared custodyIf you ask most parents who have been through a divorce with children, they will likely tell you that the most stressful part of the ordeal was the decision over child custody. Judges reviewing child custody are ordered to consider the “best interests of the child," and this is leading to more joint custody agreements around the country.

New research out of the University of Wisconsin Madison shows that over time a decrease in the number of mothers getting sole custody, while shared custody final agreements are on the rise. This shows, according to researchers, a major shift in the living situations for children of divorce when compared with the past. More than 9,000 divorce cases were reviewed in order to arrive at these findings. In those cases, shared custody increased from five to 27 percent between 1986 and 2008. Another interesting finding from the study was that high income families were more likely to have shared custody agreements.

This is good news for parents who are concerned about maintaining their relationship with children post-divorce. Divorce can be a challenging time emotionally for the entire family, but keeping some sense of stability is critical for helping children sort through the issues. As a parent, it is critical to remain involved in their lives and to work together with the other parent if awarded shared custody.

One of the best things you can do for yourself when anticipating divorce is to hire an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable about both the divorce and the child custody processes. This will help to alleviate a great deal of your anxiety and concerns, and it will provide you with a window into what you can expect as your case unfolds. To learn more about the process of child custody consideration and joint custody, contact an Illinois family law attorney today.

parenting class

If you have just started your research about what to expect in your Illinois divorce and child custody case, you might have come across the term “parenting education classes”. Under Illinois law, all parents of minor children who are involved in visitation or custody actions are required to complete a parenting education program. Your location will have specific court-approved options for completion.

The goal of the classes is to help parents understand some of the challenges that will likely come up when parents live in different households. Children can struggle to adjust to new circumstances, and navigating the waters of two separate households and separate parents can be difficult for all family members.

As a secondary goal, it’s hoped that the parenting education classes clear up some areas of confusion between parents and lay the groundwork for interaction post-decree so that further legal conflicts are minimized.

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The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.

630-409-8184

1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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