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Aurora Child Decision Making Authority Lawyer

Effective January 01, 2016, there are major changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Parent's will no longer be granted Joint Custody or Sole Custody, but rather the Court's will allocate "Decision Making Authority" over the children. The term "Decision Making Authority" refers to the amount of authority a parent has over the child(ren), (1) Health decisions, (2) Education, (3) Religion and (4) Extra Curricular Activities..

Thus, a parent with a "Majority of Decision Making Authority" will have more decision making authority over the child(ren), whereas parents with "Equal Decision Making Authority", will have equal decision making authority over the child(ren). Decision Making Authority is different from Parenting Time, in that an award of a Majority of Decision Making Authority over a child does not necessarily preclude the other parent from Parenting Time. Parenting time is a right for the non-residential parent, absent some type of harmful abuse to the minor child. Parties may submit an agreed Parenting Plan, or the Court may, after hearing, award a majority or equal parenting time to either party.

Residential Custody: Residential Custody is typically defined as the primary residence of the child(ren). The primary residence of the child(ren) will typically be with either spouse and is usually for school purposes only. Residential Custody has no bearing on decision making authority or parenting time.

Legal Issues in Child Decision Making Authority matters

Even in Uncontested Divorce negotiations, the most common issues you will have to address are;

(1) Decision Making Authority over the the minor child(ren).

(2) Distribution of Marital Assets

(3) Maintenance (Alimony)

(4) Child Support

(5) Distribution of retirement accounts/investment accountsand finally,

(6) The grounds in which the marriage is to be dissolved.

Contact an Aurora Child Decision Making Attorney

Ideally, it would be in the best interest of all parties to come to an agreeable resolution to your child custody issues. I can help you come to an equitable resolution in your child custody matter and will assist you in drafting the appropriate legal documents. Court's will always consider what is in the best interests of the minor child(ren) in making decisions or awards of child custody. If you have questions or need an experienced Child Custody Attorney, please contact my office for a free consultation. We will guide you through the process and will develop a strategy to achieve the best possible results.

Contact an Aurora Child Decisio Making Authority Attorney for legal representation in any Divorce matter today.


The Law Offices of David Lee is available in Kane, Kendall, Dupage and Dekalb Counties

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