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Creating a parenting plan in Illinois

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2022 | Child Custody |

When parents get a divorce, they may put together a parenting plan to determine parental responsibilities, or what was formerly referred to as child custody. Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, parenting plans should cover both parenting time and decision-making responsibilities (formerly referred to as physical and legal custody).

Parenting plans may address the following:

  • Child’s living arrangements
  • Schedules for the school year, holidays, birthdays and vacations
  • Transportation of child (pickups and drop-offs)
  • Parental right of access to information about the child (e.g., medical records)
  • Decision-making relating to the child’s education, religious upbringing, healthcare, extracurriculars, etc.
  • How disputes will be handled if they arise

Plan should serve the best interests of the child

Keep in mind that your child should be your number one priority as you draft your parenting plan. The court will only approve your parenting plan if it feels the plan serves the best interests of the child. The court will consider the child’s needs and each parent’s ability to support the child when making this decision.

If you and your ex are unable to agree on a plan, you may file two separate plans. The court will consider both plans and use them to come up with a final plan that will become a court order. Once the order has been issued, both parents are legally obligated to adhere to it.

You and your ex only have 120 days from the date you filed for any petition for allocation of parental responsibilities (or from the date of service if you are filing separately). A family law attorney in your area can help make sure that your parenting plan best suits your child and addresses everything it needs to.