Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

Sole and Joint Agreements

Cases involving the allocation of parental responsibilities can be highly disruptive and emotional for any family. From the court’s perspective, children are best served by having two involved, fit parents. While some families can easily arrange a 50/50 split, many families require more intricate parenting plans. At Scott W. Sheen & Associates, we work with our clients to find creative solutions based on their unique family circumstances.

We offer sensitive, strategic advocacy focused on the rights of our clients and their children. Our attorneys take great pride in guiding our clients through their case and educating them on how their decisions regarding parental responsibilities may impact their children’s lives. We take an informed and compassionate approach to understand your needs and concerns. Together, we will find a solution that works for all parties involved and is in the best interest of your children.

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As your legal team, we will develop a practical and forward-thinking solution to secure your rights and the best interests of your children.

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One of the most bitter disputes that divorcing parents face involves the parenting time of their children. We encourage divorcing parents to act amicably as it is in the best interest of their children.

When making decisions regarding your children, the court will consider what is in the child’s best interest. The court will consider the allocation of various parental responsibilities, including education, health, religion and extra curricular activities.

Allocations and Paternity

Paternity is the legal relationship between a father and his child. In Illinois, being a child’s biological father does not automatically establish a legally binding relationship, nor does it grant the biological father rights.

Under Illinois law, if the parents were married at the time of birth, then the wife’s husband is legally presumed to be the child’s father.

However, if a child is born out of wedlock, “the father is not considered the legal father of the child, even if the parents live together and plan to be married.” The biological mother of a child born out of wedlock has all the allocations of that child until the court rules otherwise.

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How Does a Judge Decide Parenting Time?

When divorcing spouses have children together, they may decide on their own parental responsibility arrangements. However, if you and your spouse cannot agree, the court will decide for you.

When awarding parental responsibility, the court will consider:

  • The child’s educational and health needs
  • The wishes of the child, depending on age
  • The mental and physical health of all parties
  • Any history of domestic violence
  • Any history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Each partner’s parenting skills
  • Where each parent intends to live after the divorce

A family lawyer is invaluable in ensuring your right, and best interests are protected. Your family can depend on Scott W. Sheen & Associates for a strong and caring advocate. Our experienced attorneys will provide the legal guidance you need to resolve your family issue effectively.

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