Making sure parenting plans serve the best interests of the child
It is important for divorcing parents in Waukegan to understand that the divorce process can be difficult on a child, even if the divorce is an amicable one. Following a divorce, a child needs to have a good sense of security. A well thought out child custody and visitation plan can provide the child with the stability he or she needs going forward. Therefore, parenting plans should be both in the best interests of the child and of the parents.
In Illinois, whether a case involves joint custody or sole custody and visitation, both accomplish essentially the same thing. Both of these types of cases lay out when each parent will spend time with the child. For example, the child may reside solely with one parent and the other parent will have visitation time. Or, the child may reside with one parent some of the time, and the other parent the rest of the time.
For many reasons, it is sometimes preferable for a parenting plan to be negotiated out-of-court, with the help of an attorney. This can reduce animosity and keeps the parents in control of the process and final outcome. However, sometimes out-of-court negotiations fail. This is when having an attorney by your side can help ensure that not only are the parents’ interests represented, but also that the judge receives the information needed in order to issue a child custody and visitation schedule that serves the best interests of the child.
No matter whether a parent is seeking sole custody, joint custody or visitation, it is important that they have legal advice. An attorney can explain the laws regarding child custody and can help their clients understand how the law applies to the facts of their case so they can make informed decisions. Attorneys can also represent their clients both out-of-court through negotiations or before a judge if necessary. Those with questions about child custody in Illinois may want to review the website of the Law Offices of Dwayne Douglas, P.C., for further information.