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What Should I Include in My Illinois Parenting Plan?

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St. Charles divorce lawyer parenting plan

When you and your spouse have children together, one of the most important parts of your divorce agreement is a parenting plan that addresses how you will continue working together to raise and provide for your children after the divorce. A thoughtful parenting plan can help your children cope with the changes your divorce brings, and can also help prevent difficult arguments between you and your spouse for many years after the divorce. As you begin to formulate your parenting plan, you should be sure to consider all of the elements that you and your spouse will need to address.

Items to Address in Your Parenting Plan

A complete parenting plan addresses all important elements of your children’s lives with the goal of protecting their interests, needs, and family relationships. Some of the most important pieces of your parenting plan include:

  • The parenting time schedule: Your parenting time schedule will determine how much time the children will spend with each parent throughout the year, as well as a specific schedule of weeks and days. When developing the schedule, you should consider your children’s school and activity schedules, you and your spouse’s work schedules, travel time between homes, fair division of holidays, and any other important factors related to the best possible living situation for your kids.

  • The child support arrangement: The amount of child support obligations will be determined by the court and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and your parenting plan can help to clarify which parent is responsible for paying and how and when payments will be made.

  • The allocation of parental responsibilities: Your parenting plan should also clarify which parent has the responsibility to make important decisions regarding the children’s upbringing, including caretaking, healthcare, discipline, education, involvement in extracurricular activities, and moral or religious guidance. You may decide that both parents should contribute to many of these decisions, or that one parent should have primary responsibility for certain decisions closely related to his or her personal relationship with the child.

If you and your spouse can cooperate, the best options for maintaining control of the decisions in your parenting plan are often collaborative negotiation or mediation. If your divorce must go to trial, the court will do its best to issue a fair ruling on your parenting plan, but the resulting resolution may not fully account for your preferences in the way that an agreement you reach on your own can.

Contact a St. Charles Divorce Lawyer

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC can provide the experienced legal advice you need to work toward a parenting plan that suits your family’s needs. We strive to promote collaborative resolutions whenever possible so that you and your children can continue to live in a positive environment after your divorce. Contact a Kane County divorce attorney at 847-428-7725 to request an initial consultation.




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