How the New Child Custody Laws in Illinois Affect You

Protecting the Rights of Parents in Kane County

With new laws regarding child custody in Illinois taking effect in January 2016, the traditional concepts of sole and joint custody have been eliminated. The updated statutes have implemented a new approach known as the allocation of parental responsibilities, designed to help keep both parents fully invested in providing for their child’s best interests.

Prior to the new laws going into effect, divorced, separated, and unmarried parents could expect either a sole custody or joint custody arrangement for the care of their child. Sole custody meant that one parent was entirely responsible for all of the important decisions for the child’s life. Joint custody, by comparison, meant that both parents shared decision-making responsibilities. Under the new laws, parental responsibilities are allocated between the parents in a manner that protects the child’s best interests and promotes healthy parent-child relationships. It is still possible for one parent to be granted sole decision-making authority if such an arrangement is determined to be best for the child.

At Goostree Law Group, we understand the sensitive nature of proceedings for the allocation of parental responsibilities. Whether you are seeking decision-making authority regarding your child or are looking to protect your rights to parenting time, our attorneys are ready to help you. We will work with you to find a solution that works best for both you and your child.

Negotiating a Parenting Plan

In any child-related matter, a negotiated agreement is almost always preferable to contentious litigation. Our experienced lawyers recognize the importance of cooperation and will help you develop a customized parenting plan that addresses your unique situation. When an amicable resolution is not possible, we are prepared to advocate on your behalf in court.

If you are facing child-related legal matter, it is important to seek the assistance of a qualified family law attorney. Contact our office for a free initial consultation. Call 630-584-4800 today. Goostree Law Group is proud to serve clients in St. Charles, Elgin, Batavia, North Aurora, and all throughout Kane County.

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Goostree Law Group

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St. Charles, IL 60174


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Naperville IL 60563


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Wheaton, IL 60187


Our Illinois divorce attorneys represent clients in Kane County, DuPage County, Kendall County and DeKalb County, including Geneva, Batavia, St.Charles, Wayne, Wasco, Elburn, Virgil, Lily Lake, Aurora, North Aurora, Elgin, South Elgin, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Gilberts, Millcreek, Maple Park, Kaneville, LaFox, Yorkville, Oswego, Plano, Sugar Grove, Big Rock, Bristol, Newark, DeKalb, Sycamore, Naperville, Wheaton, West Chicago, Winfield, Warrenville, Downers Grove, Lombard, Oak Brook, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, South Barrington, Lake Barrington, Schaumburg, Big Grove, Boulder Hill, Bristol, Joliet, Kendall, Lisbon, Minooka, Montgomery, Plainfield, Sandwich, Yorkville and many other cities.

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