Create Or Modify A Parenting Plan After A Divorce

Parenting Plans

Once you and your spouse have made the difficult decision to divorce, the next step for couples with children is to create a parenting plan that designates responsibilities and schedules for each parent.

This process is sometimes still referred to as assigning "custody" and "visitation rights" to parents, but Illinois law recognizes that a child should have access to both parents whenever possible, so it encourages parents to work together to form the "parenting plan" that will help your child stay happy and healthy while respecting the needs of each parent.

The More Planning You Do Now, The Fewer Problems You Will Have Later

Families change over time, and parenting plans often change with them. The needs of a 15-year-old, for instance, are very different from those of a 5-year-old. Parenting plans can also be modified to accommodate changes in a parent's life, such as shifts in income, new jobs, blended families and interstate moves.

While parenting plans can always be modified, it's important to keep in mind that the more detailed your original parenting plan is, the fewer revisions it may need later. With that in mind, the Law Office of Kevin H. Saville, P.C. will help you guide through a series of questions divorced spouses should ask each other when drafting a parenting plan. Some of these include:

  • Where will your children live? On what schedule?
  • How will your children's various expenses be paid for? These include the cost of clothing, housing, food, transportation, school trips, club sports and whatever other expenses might come up.
  • Will your children be raised as members of a certain religion?
  • Who will make medical decisions for your children? Are there any specific procedures or treatments that either parent would object to?
  • Who will make the educational decisions? Who will make the extra-curricular decisions?

Hire An Experienced Chicago Family Law Attorney

When your family is going through changes, you deserve a detail-oriented lawyer who understands the sensitivity of your case to help you work through the legal process effectively.

To see how the Law Office of Kevin H. Saville, P.C., can help in your case, contact us online or call us at 312-767-4788 and schedule a free initial consultation.