Because parenting styles differ and issues that arise are sensitive and life-changing, an experienced family law attorney can help you through this difficult time. The seasoned and compassionate Illinois family law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., always focus on our clients’ needs and feelings, and we work to resolve planning issues and problems in the most effective and efficient manner. We offer a free consultation to find a plan personalized to fit the needs of your individual family situation.
In making your plan, you should include all elements that are essential to cover your children’s physical, emotional and social needs, plus the needs and considerations of both parents. Basic plan essentials should include:
In setting up your plan, consider factors such as the following:
If your divorce is just starting, you should come up with a temporary parenting plan stating where your child will live and be cared for during the divorce proceedings. This plan will last until the divorce is finalized; if it works, the plan may become the basis for the eventual permanent parenting plan.
It is best if both parents work together to make a temporary plan to file with the court. If you agree, your plan will usually be approved by the judge. If you cannot agree, you will need to have a hearing where the judge will determine the temporary plan.
When parents live far apart, they need to have a long distance parenting plan that focuses on specifics about that situation. This should include:
If you need to modify your parenting plan and schedule, it is best if you can work with your child’s other parent and come to an agreement for the changes. The court will usually accept your plan if you agree.
If you can’t agree, you will need to go to court and file a child custody modification or a petition to change the custody order. Both parents must then attend a custody hearing, and the judge will decide whether to accept a modified plan.
Changes in circumstances that warrant a modification include moving, changes in parents’ work schedule, changes in the family situation, children’s ages, social needs and schedule changes, and any history of abuse or violence.
Illinois divorce law is complicated and changing, and the facts and circumstances of each case are different, so it makes sense to seek legal counsel to represent your interests in setting up your parenting plans. The skilled Illinois family-law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. can advise and guide you through every step in the process.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your individual issues and answer your questions. For your free initial consultation with an experienced and compassionate DuPage County divorce lawyer, contact us online or call 630-305-0222 or 312-388-7882. We handle cases throughout Illinois and can schedule a consultation at our office.