Create Or Modify A Parenting Plan After A Divorce
Once you and your spouse have made the decision to divorce, the next step is to create a parenting plan that designates responsibilities and schedules for each parent. Illinois state 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.
Plan Now To Avoid Future Problems
It is important to design a detailed and comprehensive parenting plan. The Law Office of Kevin H. Saville, P.C., will help guide you through a series of questions divorced spouses should ask each other when drafting an agreement. 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?
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.
Unmarried Parents Also Benefit From A Formal Plan
When a couple is not married, they can face unique child custody challenges. Should such a couple separate without a formal parenting plan in place, they may find themselves reliant on the court system to sort out potential disagreements. As this can be a costly and time-consuming pursuit, it is often wise to draw up an agreement with the help of an attorney.
A parenting plan can help unmarried parents adhere to specific schedules and obligations. This can foster a more healthy upbringing for a child and aid both parents in preserving custody and visitation rights. These plans can also be modified should circumstances evolve.
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. Call us at 312-767-4788 and schedule a free initial consultation. Our office is also available via email.