In Illinois, the term child custody was replaced by parental responsibilities in 2016. Instead of one or both parents having “custody” of a child, the parents must create an agreement that allocates the parental responsibilities and parenting time. Parenting time is the term that replaced visitation in the 2016 law, as well. This agreement is called a parenting plan.
What Is a Parenting Plan?
When getting a divorce, the parents of a child must decide how the child will be taken care of after the separation. A parenting plan will be drafted that explains which parent has what responsibilities, and who the child will see and when. A schedule will be created that both parents and the child will follow after the divorce. That schedule may include what days a child spends with either parent, who picks up the child from school, and what activities each parent is involved in.
The best way to create a parenting plan is with your attorney. Here are some things to think about when writing a parenting plan:...