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Naperville Parenting Plan Attorneys

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Lawyers Helping You Develop a Best Plan for Your Children's Future in Plainfield, Bolingbrook, and Surrounding Communities

In the midst of filing for divorce, working collaboratively with your soon-to-be ex-spouse to develop a parenting plan (as required under Illinois law) can be an especially daunting task. Once you file for divorce, within 120 days Illinois law requires all parents to file a "parenting plan" that allocates parental responsibilities, including provisions for your children's living arrangements and matters of visitation. Unfortunately, certain parents struggling with the emotional impact of a divorce might not have the best interest of their children in mind when working towards a parenting plan.

Illinois Parenting Plan Requirements

At minimum, Illinois law requires numerous issues be addressed in a parenting plan. These requirements include the following provisions:

  • An allocation of decision-making responsibilities;
  • A custody and visitation schedule;
  • Medical access provisions;
  • Change of address notice requirements;
  • Transportation arrangements, and
  • Provisions accounting for future modifications

Creating a parenting plan that is compliant with state law and accurately reflects your wishes can be complicated, so it is highly advisable to work with an attorney when drafting a plan.

Parenting Plans can be Binding on Illinois Courts

Although you must submit a parenting plan during the early stages of your divorce, your plan can have lasting implications. If you and your ex-spouse agree on a parenting plan, the court is required to accept and abide by the contents of that plan provided it is in the "best interest of the child." Note too, oral agreements are not binding for any court. Accordingly, do not make concessions you believe are not in your children's best interests. If you cannot agree on a parenting plan, be sure to consult with an Illinois family law attorney who can help you take advantage of certain deadline extensions. The court may grant you additional time beyond the 120-day deadline to either continue working towards a parenting plan or attend mediation.

Consult an Illinois Lawyer with Experience Developing Parenting Plans

If you have recently filed for divorce and are struggling to develop a parenting plan, be sure to contact a law firm that has experience navigating the emotional waters of divorce and custody agreements. The Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC is a trusted family law office that has been working in Naperville, DuPage County, and the surrounding areas since 1973. Contact our office today for a free, no-risk consultation at 630-355-5222. We are here to serve the best interests of your family.

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