St. Charles, Illinois Parenting Plan Lawyers
Attorneys for the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Child Custody in Kane County
Even with the best intentions, making arrangements for the care and upbringing of your child can be extremely challenging in the wake of divorce or separation. Whether or not you expect to take on a large portion of the parental responsibilities, you want to remain an integral part of your child’s life. At Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C., we understand the difficulties you may be facing. We are equipped to work with you in developing a parenting plan that respects your rights as a parent while providing for your child’s best interests.
Compassionate Family Lawyers Serving Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles
Recent changes to the law in Illinois have shifted the focus of family courts toward encouraging a spirit of cooperation between divorcing or unmarried parents. Child custody, as it was previously known, is now referred to as the allocation of parental responsibilities, with neither parent being assigned the roles of custodial and non-custodial parent. Instead, each parent is expected to assume specified authority over various aspects of the child’s life. To facilitate the joint effort, parents who are party to such proceedings are expected by the court to develop a parenting plan, which outlines each parent’s responsibilities and expectations.
Significant Decision-Making Responsibilities
A comprehensive parenting plan must include a number of distinct elements, according to the law. Among the primary concerns, however, is the allocation of significant decision-making responsibilities regarding the child. These include educational choices, medical care and treatment, religious training, and extracurricular activities. The parenting plan must address which parent will have the authority to make such decisions. If the plan indicates that decisions are to be made jointly, then the plan must also include a method for mediation or resolving differences of opinion between the parents. Our attorneys can assist you in building the framework of a parenting plan that protects the rights and best interests of everyone involved.
Other Parenting Plan Elements
In addition to significant decision-making authority, your parenting plan will also need to contain a parenting time schedule along with provisions for the child’s living arrangements. For school attendance, and other concerns that require a legal custodian, you will also need to determine which parents' residence will be the children's primary residence for school registration and enrollment purposes. Both parents are presumed to have rights to parenting time with the child, (previously known as visitation) during which each will be responsible for the day-to-day caretaking functions of the child.
Your parenting plan must also include:
- Each parent’s right to access school and medical records;
- Each parent’s contact and employment information, except in cases involving domestic violence;
- A notification requirement to let the other parent know of impending change of residence;
- Communication and other notification requirements; and
- Provisions for the exercising of the rights of first refusal.
Rely on Our Experience as Illinois Lawyers
Our team of skilled attorneys has been serving the needs of families in Kane County and the rest of the western Chicago suburbs for more than four decades. We recognize that your family's needs are extremely important and deserve our undivided personal attention. With that in mind, we are prepared to help you develop a parenting plan that is reasonable and fully meets your child's needs. For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, contact our office today. Call (630) 377-7770 and put the experience of Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C., to work for your family.