You can write up your own parenting plan (on your own or with the other parent) or you can work with an attorney or legal professional and have them create it. If you don't want to pay the high cost of an attorney, and want to easily make your own agreement, you can use the Custody X Change software.
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If you understand the law and what the courts expect, you will be more prepared to make a parenting plan that meets the requirement and expectations of the court.
When creating a parenting plan in Illinois, it is important to have an understanding of the laws of the state. A successful parenting plan needs to be written in a manner that incorporates the laws while serving the needs of the child.
The laws pertaining to child custody and visitation can be found in the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 750. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/) contains the laws regarding child custody, including who is entitled to petition for custody, the factors the court considers to determine custody, and the courts request to submit a Joint Parenting Agreement.
As provided by law in Section 602.1 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (750 ILCS 5/602.1), the court shall consider awarding joint custody to the parents upon request of either or both parents, or on its own motion.
Once a petition (or motion) for joint custody is filed, the court will ask the parents to submit a parenting plan, called a Joint Parenting Agreement.
The Joint Parenting Agreement should include the following:
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Once a petition for child custody is filed, the court will weigh the evidence and make a decision based on what is in the child's best interests.
Section 602 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (750 ILCS 5/602) defines some of the factors the court considers when determining the child's best interests:
These factors can help you make decisions that are good for your child.
For example, as you make a schedule that shows the time-sharing of the parents, you will want to think about your child's siblings and how much time your child gets to spend with them. This can influence the time and amount of visitation that you schedule.
Putting your child's needs first will let you come up with an effective custody agreement that benefits your situation.
If you should fail to submit a Joint Parenting Agreement, the court may require both of you to attend mediation to resolve any disputes.
In the event the mediation is unsuccessful, the court will create a Joint Parenting Order. The court may, at its discretion, award sole custody to one parent while giving the other parent visitation.
It is always better for the parents to set differences aside and work together when it comes to making a parenting plan or anything else related to the child.
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