If you are getting a divorce in Illinois and you have children, you are going to spend time figuring out custody. While it is now referred to as parental responsibilities, custody is still determining who has what rights involving your children. At Butler, Giraudo & Meister, we are aware that this can be one of the most stressful parts of a divorce case. It can help if you become more familiar with how custody is handled in the state.
The state focuses on doing what is in the best interest of the children. You will be encouraged to work with your spouse to create a parenting plan that allocates responsibilities, assigns decision-making power and determines a schedule for parenting time. The law stresses assigning decision-making to four key areas, which are religion, medical, extra-curricular activities and education. However, when it comes to other areas, you have the freedom to create a plan that works for your family as long as you and your spouse can agree upon the details.