Child Custody and Visitation
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time
Child custody and visitation schedules are often the most contentious issues associated with any divorce. They are also the issues most likely to require post-divorce modifications. In Illinois, the terms “sole custody” and “joint custody” have been eliminated in favor of a more child-centered approach called the “allocation of parental responsibilities.” Similarly, “visitation” is now known as parenting time, which keeps the focus squarely upon the needs of the child.
We are committed to helping parents work through complex child custody, visitation, and parenting time issues. Contact us today regarding your child custody and visitation matters.
Child-Focused Attorneys Who Know the Law
Our overriding concern in child custody and parenting time issues is what is in the best interest of the children. A variety of parental responsibility arrangements can be worked out to meet the needs of the child, depending upon the specific circumstances of your family.
We take significant care in handling parenting time or visitation issues. We recognize that all parents, and in many cases grandparents may have a right of access to the children. We have several tools available to help parents work out parenting time schedules and to protect grandparents’ rights. In addition, we regularly work with parenting coaches and child psychologists to help our clients and their children deal with the emotional and confusing issues associated with divorce.
We also have experience dealing with international child custody matters. Our attorneys are experienced with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction as well as the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). We are committed to serving the needs of children and preserving their access to both parents.
Nesting Custody Arrangement
Another option is called nesting – this is when the child of a separated or divorced couple remains in the family home while the parents take turns staying with the child. This arrangement is not always easy for the parents, but can be beneficial to the child. There are different ways nesting can be managed. Here are a few of the most common scenarios:
- Parents Maintain Separate Residences: In this situation, the parents maintain individual, separate residences in addition to the family home.
- Parents Stay with Family or Friends: In this scenario, the child stays in the family home while the parents take turns staying with friends or family members.
- Parents Share a Residence: In this situation, the parents keep the family home and share another residence on a rotating basis. The divorcing couple would not be in the residence at the same time, but their belongings would share the same home.
With so many options for custody arrangements, it’s imperative that you seek experienced counsel. The team child custody lawyers at STG Divorce law can help walk you through all of your custody arrangement options.
Working for Children in Parental Responsibilities/Child Custody Cases
Our family law lawyers take a special interest in protecting the rights and interests of children involved in divorce. Two of our attorneys serve on the Child Advocacy Committee of the DuPage County Bar, one as Chairman and the other as Vice Chairman. Our attorneys are also appointed as children’s representatives and Guardians ad litem, to advocate for children, when parents cannot agree on what is in the child’s best interests. If you have any questions about parental responsibilities, parenting time, visitation, or grandparents’ rights, please contact the divorce lawyers at STG Divorce Law.