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What Does Joint Custody Mean?

An Updated Approach to Child Custody in Illinois

Joint child custody is now known as shared parental responsibilities in Illinois thanks to recent updates to the terminology in the law. It refers to a cooperative arrangement between divorced or unmarried parents regarding important decision-making for their children. Important decisions include those related to the child’s health care, education, religious training, and extracurricular activities.

According to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, parental responsibilities regarding a child must be allocated between the parents in a manner that protects the child’s best interests. Formerly known as child custody, the allocation of parental responsibilities is an important element of any divorce involving the parents of minor children.

The authority to make important decisions may be granted solely to one parent or it may be shared by both parents based on the court’s consideration of all relevant factors. Joint parental responsibilities mean that each parent will have a say in how such decisions are made for his or her child. In some cases, both parents will make all important decisions together. In others, each parent may be responsible for different types of decisions. For example, if one parent is a teacher and the other is a nurse, the teacher-parent could be responsible for educational decisions while the nurse-parent manages the child’s health care.

Family Lawyers Protecting Parental Rights in DuPage County

The experienced family law attorneys at Anderson & Associates, P.C. understand that developing a shared parenting arrangement can be difficult. Doing so, however, is often in your child’s best interest as children tend to fare better when both parents are involved in their lives. We have the knowledge and skills to help you and your child's other parent come up with a plan for sharing important decision-making responsibilities no matter what challenges you may be facing.

Call 630-653-9400 Today

If you have more detailed questions about sharing parental responsibilities or any other element of child custody in Illinois, contact our office. Call 630-653-9400 to schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled family lawyer today. We serve clients in Wheaton, Winfield, Warrenville, Carol Stream, Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, and the surrounding areas.

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