Guiding Parents With Children In Mind

When it comes to your family, your children are your No. 1 priority. When your marriage ends, matters involving your children can be extremely emotional and challenging. At P. Ann O'Connell Law, Ltd., we understand the impact that these decisions will have on your family, and that the effects last well into the future.

Understanding The Allocation Of Parental Responsibilities

We strive to help provide you with honest answers, a detailed understanding of the process and how new Illinois laws regard the responsibilities of parents. The time a parent gets to spend with their child and where the child will spend their time is determined in an allocation agreement which is based on how the responsibilities of each parent are divided. This process was formerly referenced as child custody and visitation.

Parenting plans are used to help sort out these actions and duties.

A parenting plan is an agreement in which parents allocate decision-making responsibilities, detail how the child will be cared for and directs parenting time.

Caretaking items considered in your parenting plan may include:

  • The ability to satisfy nutritional needs of the child
  • Caring for your child when sick or injured
  • Determining routines and sleep schedules
  • Extracurricular activities of the child and engagement in play
  • Addressing and directing developmental needs of the child
  • School attendance and location
  • Ensuring physical safety
  • Moral and ethical guidance — such as religious beliefs and methods
  • Obtaining medical care

Our attorney will walk you through the various responsibilities and your options. We will fight for what is in the best interest of your children.

Advocating For Your Family

If you are going through a divorce, contact us today. Call our Evanston office at 847-859-5453 to set up a free consultation with our family lawyer. We will thoroughly examine your situation and provide personalized solutions with your goals in mind. We serve families in North Cook County and Lake County in Illinois.