New Focus On Shared Responsibility For Raising Children

For divorcing parents, the way child custody is viewed has changed dramatically. Mothers are no longer given preferential treatment when deciding custody because equal parenting time is believed to be more beneficial for children. In Illinois, a new law replaces the terms child custody and visitation with "parental responsibilities" and "parenting time." The law is trying to do away with the idea of winning a child custody case, and instead, focus on shared responsibility for child-rearing.

An Experienced Family Law Attorney Advocating For You And Your Family

Parenting plans are a way for former spouses to divide the parental responsibilities and parenting time. By creating a parenting plan together, you are keeping the court out of the decision about dividing parental responsibilities. However, coming to an agreement with your ex is not always easy. I am family law attorney, Tom Gurewitz. With over 40 years of experience, I understand the complexities of family relationships. You want what is best for your children, but you and your former spouse may not agree on what that looks like. Let me work as your advocate and negotiate on your behalf.

An Effective Parenting Plan Protects Your Children And Decreases Conflict

Together, we can create a parenting plan that works for your children, you and your former partner. Typically, these plans guide where a child will live, how much time is spent with each parent, who will make decisions regarding the child and transportation back and forth between visits. A parenting plan will also include information about your child's schooling, health care and any religious upbringing.

The plans are used as a guide for children's care, but can also be used to address potential conflicts. As your lawyer, I will work with you to make sure we include everything needed for the care and protection of your children.

You may also want to consider including guidance about:

  • Which spouse gets the children during holiday and school breaks?
  • What time do your children go to bed?
  • What types of snacks and meals will your children be allowed?
  • Will one of you provide an allowance?
  • Are you and your former spouse given first dibs on baby-sitting duties?
  • Are your children allowed to have sleepovers?

By writing a comprehensive parenting plan, you and your former partner can present a united front on parenting decisions. For your children, this could ease the transition from one family home into two separate households.

If you and ex cannot agree on a parenting plan, I can also help you create your own parenting plan to submit to the court. At Thomas M. Gurewitz, Attorney At Law, my focus is always on doing what is best for your children and guiding you through this difficult transition.

Contact Me Today To Learn More About Creating A Parenting Plan

I offer free initial consultations in my Waukegan office, which is located across from the Lake County Courthouse. Set up an appointment by calling 847-693-7371 or email me.