Working Out the Details of Custody and Visitation
You may agree on primary custody. You may be fighting it out in court. However custody is determined, there will be dozens of decisions and details to address. The visitation schedule, or parenting plan, will affect your life and your child’s life for years to come. If the plan is incomplete, ambiguous or impractical, it may lead to arguments, resentments and future trips back to court.
Our firm brings over 30 years of experience to the Joliet area, specializing in custody and visitation related issues. As your lawyers, we will stand up for your bottom-line goals and help you craft a workable parenting plan that anticipates conflicts and fosters an amicable co-parenting relationship. Contact our firm for a free initial consultation.
Practical Parenting Plans • Joliet Custody Schedule Attorney
The typical arrangement follows the Illinois visitation guidelines: every other weekend and one overnight a week. This standard arrangement may be altered in any way if (a) both parents agree or (b) the court finds reason to deviate. For example, you and the other parent may agree to shared custody (alternating weeks or other 50-50 split), or a younger child might have more frequent visitation with the non-custodial parent but no overnights during the week.
To minimize disputes, a good parenting plan addresses:
- Where the child will be every day of the year
- Holidays, birthdays and summer vacation
- The when, where and how of pick-up and drop-off exchanges
- Religious services and religious instruction
- Parent participation and attendance of the child’s activities
- Communication between visitations (phone calls, web chat, etc.)
A good parenting plan is tailored to the needs of the child and the parents, taking into considerations job schedules, the child’s schedule and the preference of an older child. Daily life is not always smooth and predictable. My philosophy is “a floor but not a ceiling” — a visitation schedule that defines basic elements but allows flexibility by agreement of the parents.
We also handle related aspects of custody, including child support, grandparent visitation, and paternity (visitation rights of unmarried fathers).
Managing Your Divorce and Custody Arrangements
Whether you are the residential or non-residential parent, we will help you define what is most important to you in the nuts and bolts of child custody. Through negotiation, mediation or contested proceedings, we will protect your rights and your child’s best interests while helping you iron out differences and avoid future disputes.
To discuss your situation with an experienced Joliet parenting plan attorney, contact our firm at 312-313-3022 or reach out to us on our contact page. We always offer a free initial consultation, including evenings or weekends by appointment.