How is the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Decided?
By: Gordon & Perlut, LLC
When you are going through a child custody case, it is critical to understand how the allocation of parental responsibilities will be decided. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) allows for the parents to develop a parenting plan in which parental responsibilities are allocated, or, in cases where the parents cannot reach an agreement, for the court to allocate parental responsibilities in an allocation judgment.
Whether the parents or the court allocate parental responsibilities, decisions about the parents’ significant decision-making responsibilities and parenting time must be guided by the “best interests of the child” standard. To be clear, parental responsibilities in Illinois include both significant decision-making responsibilities and parenting time.
The IMDMA provides a variety of facts that the court can use to determine the child’s best interests for the purposes of allocation of both significant decision-making responsibilities and parenting time.
Factors for Allocating Significant Decision-Making Responsibilities
To determine the child’s best interests when it comes to the allocation of significant decision-making responsibilities, the court can consider “all relevant factors,” which can include some or all of the following:
Factors for Allocating Parenting Time
When courts allocate parenting time, which includes caretaking functions for the child, the court can consider many of the same factors listed above in addition to some others. Additional factors that can allow the court to allocate parenting time, according to the child’s best interests might include:
Courts do not consider facts about the parents that are unrelated to parenting time and caretaking functions when determining how parenting time should be allocated.
Discuss Your Case with a Chicago Child Custody Lawyer
The allocation of parental responsibilities can be complicated, and sometimes contentious, in a child custody case in Chicago and Northeast Illinois. If you have questions or concerns about the allocation of parental responsibilities and your rights as a parent, one of our experienced Chicago child custody attorneys can speak with you today about your case. Contact Gordon & Perlut, LLC to learn more about how we can help.