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Illinois Parenting Time And Parenting Plan Lawyers

Last updated on July 9, 2024

Child-related matters are a top worry for divorcing or separating parents, especially the sensitive issue of parenting time. How can you do what is best for your child without compromising your parental rights?

The attorneys with Lake Toback DiDomenico can guide you. We offer a tailored approach and unwavering dedication to families in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Will counties. Our deep understanding of Illinois family law allows us to confidently serve those in the entire Chicago metropolitan area.

Parenting Time Vs. Visitation: What Is The Difference?

In Illinois, child visitation is officially called parenting time. It describes the time a noncustodial parent spends with their child. This linguistic shift recognizes that noncustodial parents are not just visitors in their children’s lives but an active and permanent presence. However, you may still hear the term “visitation,” as the two are often used interchangeably.

Understanding Parenting Time In Illinois

Parenting time is a critical legal element of ending the relationship that gave you your child. Without proof to the contrary, Illinois law presumes that both parents are fit to have unrestricted parenting time.

The allocation of such parenting time is determined by the court based on the child’s best interests and is generally outlined in a parenting plan. Judges consider factors such as:

  • Child’s needs and wishes (depending on maturity)
  • Mental and physical health of all parties
  • Parental time spent performing caretaking functions
  • Distance and logistics between parents’ residences
  • Parents’ ability to cooperate and place children’s needs first
  • Encouragement of a relationship with the other parent

These and other factors collectively guide the court’s parenting time decisions to ensure the child’s welfare and stability.

Parenting Plans And Time Allocation

Your parenting plan serves as the blueprint for allocating parenting time. It should contain details about the parenting schedule and each parent’s responsibilities. A well-drafted parenting plan can foster a cooperative environment where both parents actively contribute to their child’s upbringing.

Call A Lake Toback DiDomenico Attorney

If you need help protecting your parenting time rights, email us or call our Chicago office at 312-288-8985. Let us help you find a path forward that honors the best interests of your child and respects your right to continue enjoying meaningful contact with them.