How Illinois Law Addresses Parenting
Illinois law has a “child-centric” approach to the rights and responsibilities of parents. Rather than focusing on antiquated terms such as “custody” and “visitation,” which tend to cause parents to focus on their own wishes, the law places the needs of children first. At Fay, Farrow & Associates P.C., our attorneys work to help you preserve your rights as a parent and provide a constructive environment for your child.
Our firm provides comprehensive services for parents seeking aid with:
- Growing their family through adoption proceedings
- Providing for disabled children, including adult children
- Protecting fathers’ relationships with their children
- Preserving mothers’ role in their children’s lives
- Managing co-parenting agreements
Our firm has spent the last 40 years serving Naperville and the surrounding area. We are focused on cost-effective and responsive service that achieves your best possible legal outcomes. You are our priority. Contact us at 630-230-1468 and schedule a free consultation.
Prepare Yourself With Co-Parenting Basics
In Illinois, the court uses the term “allocation of parental responsibilities.” You may be more familiar with this term as “custody.” Parents are expected to submit a parenting plan to the court within the first 120 days of the case.
The factors that the court will consider in determining the allocation of parental responsibilities and the allocation of parenting time have changed. The burden of proof required for modifying parental responsibilities and parenting time has changed. These legal responsibilities apply to parents who are divorced as well as parents who were never married.
Removal, or moving the children permanently outside of the state of Illinois or a significant distance from their current residence within the state, is called “relocation.” For people living in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, relocation is defined by moving more than 25 miles away from the child’s current residence.
For other counties, relocation is defined by moving more than 50 miles away from the child’s current residence. It is possible to move outside of Illinois, for instance to a nearby town in Indiana or Wisconsin, without conducting relocation proceedings, so long as the relocation is within the distance limitation for the county your child lives in.
Experienced And Effective Family Law Representation
To ensure that you are in the best possible shape to begin a journey down a different life path, it is critical that you seek the help of Fay, Farrow & Associates P.C. Our attorneys have considerable experience concentrating in Illinois family law. We are knowledgeable of the changes in Illinois divorce law and how it might impact you.