Understanding the Basics of Illinois Child Custody Law

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

Decision-Making for the Children

  1. medical care,
  2. extracurricular activities,
  3. religious events and religious participation, and
  4. education.

When Parents Disagree on Parenting Time

  1. The wishes of the child, taking into account the child’s maturity and ability to express reasoned and independent preferences as to decision-making
  2. The child’s adjustment to his or her home, school, and community
  3. The mental and physical health of all individuals involved
  4. The ability of the parents to cooperate to make decisions, or the level of conflict between the parties that may affect their ability to share decision-making
  5. The level of each parent’s participation in past significant decision-making with respect to the child
  6. Any prior agreement or course of conduct between the parents relating to the decision-making with respect to the child
  7. The wished of the parents
  8. The child’s needs
  9. The distance between the parents’ residences, the cost and difficulty of transporting the child, each parent’ and the child’s daily schedules, and the ability of the parents to cooperate in the arrangement
  10. Whether a restriction on decision-making is appropriate under Section 603.10
  11. The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate ad encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child
  12. The physical violence or threat of physical violence by the child’s parent directed against the child
  13. The occurrence of abuse against the child or other member of the child’s household
  14. Whether one of the parents is s sex offender, and if so, the exact nature of the offense and what, if any, treatment in which the parent has successfully participated
  15. Any other factor that the court expressly finds to be relevant.

Illinois Parenting Time Law

  1. The wishes of each parent seeking parenting time
  2. The wishes of the child, taking into account the child’s maturity and ability to express reasoned and independent preferences as to parenting time
  3. The amount of time each parent spent performing caretaking functions with respect to the child in the 24 months preceding the filing of any petitions for allocation of parental responsibilities or, if the child is under 2 years of age, since the child’s birth
  4. Any prior agreement or course of conduct between the parent relating to caretaking functions with respect to the child
  5. The interaction and interrelationship of the child with his or her parents and siblings and with any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interests
  6. The child’s adjustment to his or her home, school, and community
  7. The mental and physical health of all individuals involved
  8. The child’s needs
  9. The distance between the parents’ residences, the cost and difficulty of transporting the child, each parent’s and the child’s daily schedule, and the ability of the parents to cooperate in the arrangement
  10. Whether a restriction on parenting time is appropriate
  11. The physical violence of threat of physical violence by the child’s parent directed against the child or other member of the child’s household
  12. The willingness and ability of each parent to place the needs of the child ahead of his or her own needs
  13. The willingness of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child
  14. The occurrence of abuse against the child or other member of the child’s household
  15. Whether one of the parents is a convicted sex offender or lives with a convicted sex offender and, if so, the exact nature of the offense and what if any treatment the offender has successfully participated in
  16. The terms of a parent’s military family-care plan that a parent must complete before deployment if a parent is a member of the United States Armed Forces who is being deployed
  17. Any other factor that the court expressly finds to be relevant

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