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"Majority of decision making authority" is a term in which usually one parent will have most of the decision making authority in raising their minor child(ren). Majority decision making authority is awarded when the courts determine that it is in the best interests of the minor child that only one parent have the discretion to make most decisions as to the issues of raising the minor child(ren). This usually occurs when the parties have fundamental differences on issues regarding the minor child's health, education, religion and extra-curricular activities. Naturally, if the parties cannot agree on these issues, it is not in the best interests of the minor child(ren).
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Understanding Majority of Decision Making Authority
In Illinois, there is an assumption that "the maximum involvement and cooperation of both parents regarding the physical, mental, moral, and emotional well-being of their child is in the best interests of the child". However, because every family law issue and every family is unique, there may be instances in which the parties are at an impasse and simply refuse to, or cannot, agree.
Here are examples of decision making authority issues in which parties frequently find themselves in disagreement on:
- What religion will the child follow if both parents are members of different religions?
- What type of dietary rules will the child be required to follow?
- Do the parents have different beliefs in regards to holistic medicine or modern medicine?
- Will the minor child attend private school, public school, or be home-schooled?
- What type of counseling needs does the child require?
- What type of extra-curricular activities will the child be enrolled in (sports, music, clubs, etc.)?
- How will future disputes or issues be reconciled and/or addressed?
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