Child Parenting Time
Whether you are married to the mother of your child or not the standard the court uses to determine who should have physical responsibility (custody) of the child/children of the parties is determined by what is in the best interests of the child.
Divorce is a very traumatic time for a child and the courts will do everything in their power to make this transition as smooth as possible.
It is common, if responsibility is at dispute, to require both parties to attend parenting classes, mediation and/or appoint an attorney to represent the rights of the child. Payment for the fees of the attorney for the children is determined by the Judge on the basis of each party’s ability to pay.
The Judge will make a determination based on many factors including who has been the primary care provider, the opinion of the attorney for the children and sometimes the opinion of the children themselves.
If the parties are considering equal parenting time with the children they must understand that the Judge may not agree unless the parties live close enough to each other not to seriously interrupt the child’s schooling and friendships.
We at the Law Offices of Kevin P. McCarty are able to draw from our prior experience and knowledge to protect your and your child’s best interests throughout the duration of your case.
The State of Illinois has enacted a new child support law that took effect on July 1, 2017 which adopts an “income shares” model which is based upon the combined adjusted net income of both parents, total time spent with the child and financial obligations to additional children. The new law replaces the old law which calculated child support as a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s net income.
We at the Law Offices of Kevin P. McCarty will use all of our experience and knowledge to make sure that the amount of child support ordered follows statutory guidelines and is the amount necessary and appropriate to your case.