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Aurora Equal Decision Making Authority Lawyer

Equal Decision Making Authority is a term in which both parents share the decision making authority in raising their minor child(ren). Equal Decision Making Authority can be entered into as part of an agreement, Parenting Plan, or can be awarded by a family court if it is in the child's best interest. Among other requirements, the court must find that both parents are "fit" to raise the minor child(ren). Allegations of abuse of the minor child by either party may preclude a finding that Equal Decision Making Authority is in the best interests of the child(ren). Equal Decision Making Authority specifically refers to the decision making authority of both parties, in regards to the child's health care, education, religion and extra-curricular activities as well as other issues that affect the child's life.

Even if Equal Decision Making Authority is awarded to both parties, the parties' or the Court may determine that only one party has "Physical" or "Residential" custody over the minor child. In these cases, the "Non-physical" or "Non-Residential" custodian will have a set visitation schedule as agreed to by the parties or as ordered by the Court. In these instances, the "Non-Residential" parent may be required to pay child support to the "Residential" parent. In some cases, the "Residential" custody of the minor child will have no bearing on whether the other party will be required to pay child support.

Understanding Equal Decision Making Authority matters

If both parties can agree that it is in the best interests of the minor child to have Equal Decision Making Authority, parties' will have to reduce this agreement into a Parenting Plan within 120 days after service of summons. The Parenting Plan will usually state:

(1) Where the minor child will live.

(2) Who will be the primary caretaker of the minor child(ren).

(3) Who will be in charge of the minor child's activities.

(4) The visitation or parenting schedule of both parents.

(5) The rights of both parties as to specific records involving the minor child(ren).

(6) How future disputes or issues will be reconciled and/or addressed.

Contact an Aurora Equal Decision Making Authority Attorney

Ideally, it would be in the best interest of all parties to come to an agreeable resolution to the parties' decision making authority issues as it relates to the child(ren). I can help you come to an equitable resolution in your Decision Making Authority matter and will assist you in drafting the aforementioned legal documents including the Parenting Plan. Court's will always consider what is in the best interests of the minor child(ren) in making decisions or awards of Decision Making Authority. If you have questions or need an experienced Child Decision Making Authority 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 Equal Decision Making Authority Attorney for legal representation

in any Child Custody or Divorce matter today.

630-901-8700

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

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