Allocation of Parental Responsibilities – Parenting Plan

Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, a parenting plan is defined as: “‘Parenting plan’ means a written agreement that allocates significant decision-making responsibilities, parent time, or both.

Parenting plans establish the rights and duties of each parent in the care of the children. When the parents agree on these issues, a parenting plan can be drafted with the help of the attorneys that represent each parent, for final approval by a judge.

The parenting plan, once entered by a judge, is a court order that requires compliance from each parent. Changes can only be made through a legal modification to the court order. A parenting plan will outline the time the child spends at each home, how they will be transported, how school vacations and holidays will be shared, and how all of the significant parenting decisions will be made.

Coming to a compromise that is agreeable to both parents outside of court can be an advantage; as such a plan may better suit the unique needs and circumstances of all involved.

 

 

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