Skilled and Experienced Allocation Judgment and Parenting Plan Lawyers
At Gateville Law Firm, our lawyers understand divorce and custody law and how its benefits Kendall County Parents. When a case is filed at the Circuit Court of the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit (or Kendall County Courthouse), case participants need high-quality and aggressive attorneys that will advocate for you and your children.
In a divorce with children, a well-written parenting plan is essential and is required by the courts. Hiring an objective parenting lawyer is a wise decision because a well-written parenting plan reduces parental conflict and saves thousands of dollars in unneeded attorney’s fees and court costs. Moreover, parental conflict increases emotional distress and damages your children.
Basics about Parenting Law
An Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (or otherwise known as a “Parenting Plan” or “Allocation Judgment” is Illinois’s version of a parenting plan. 750 ILCS 5/602.7. The purpose of the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities is to serve the child’s best interests. Allocation of parenting time will be imposed by the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit if the parents cannot agree on an Allocation Agreement. 750 ILCS 5/602.7(b). Illinois law has a rebuttable presumption that both parents are fit unless a parenting’s exercise of parenting time seriously endangers the child’s physical, mental, moral, or emotional health. 750 ILCS 5/602.7(b).
Parents can develop their own parenting proposal. A well-written parenting plan has the following elements.
- Allocation of Parenting Time and Visitation.
- Parental Decision-Making
- Communication among Parents
- Transportation Arrangements for Visitation
- Conflict Resolution
- Holiday and Summer Visitation Schedules
- Primary Residence for School Purposes
- Parents access to child’s health card records and dental records
- Parents access to School records, reports, and sporting schedules including parent-teacher conference participation
Purpose of an Allocation Judgment or Parenting Plan
The purpose behind the Allocation Judgment is to reduce the conflict and increase the cooperation of parents in the court system. The Allocation Judgment succinctly describes each parent’s child visitation and parenting schedule. Moreover, the parenting plan is further described for the first of first refusal, summer and winter breaks, holidays, and children’s birthdays. The parenting plan also will address Mother’s Day and Father’s Day visitation, which is important to most parents. The Allocation Judgment will also describe the transportation arrangements for visitation such as which parent is responsible for pick up and dropping off the children.
The Allocation Judgment also details significant parental-decision making for the four (4) major areas of parenting:
- Participation in Health-Care Decision Making
- Extracurricular Activities and Decision-Making
- Educational Decisions and Choice of Schools
- Religious Decision-Making
The Allocation Judgment also will explain how parents should be communicating and will have a mediation requirement in case of a disagreement. The purpose behind the Allocation Judgment is to diminish parental conflict and increase parental cooperation of children.
Skilled and Experienced Kendall County Parenting Lawyers
Gateville Law Firm is a Divorce and Family Law Firm serving Kendall County and the surrounding areas. At Gateville Law Firm, we are comprised of an array of young and experienced Attorneys and Staff concentrating in the following areas of law:
- Pre-Decree Divorce or otherwise known as “Dissolution of Marriage” Proceedings
- Child Support and Child Visitation issues including modifications of child support and parenting plans
- Child Support Enforcement and Defenses to Petitions for Indirect Civil Contempt
- Modification of Court Orders and Divorce Decrees
- Development and modification of Parenting Plans or otherwise known as “Allocation Judgments”
- Spousal Support and Modification of Spousal Support or otherwise known as “Alimony” or “Spousal Maintenance”
- Establishment of Paternity and Establishment of Visitation Plans
- Father’s Rights: Establishment of Visitation and Increase Parental Involvement
Here at Gateville Law Firm, we offer remote meetings via Zoom or Telephone Appointments. Our Attorneys and Staff work remotely and we invest heavenly in well-paid and highly-qualified law firm staff and attorneys.
Call us at 630-780-1034 or via email at Info@GatevilleLawFirm.com.