If you and your spouse share children and are divorcing, child custody is likely to be the most difficult task you will face. However, regardless of how angry you might be with your spouse, do not let your feelings get in the way of making the decision that is best for your children. Set your emotions aside and put them first as you work out your parenting agreement.
Creating a Parenting Agreement
Your written parenting agreement or plan is the document that will define how you and your former spouse go about sharing time and making decisions regarding the upbringing of your children. It will cover a wide range of issues, including custody and living arrangements, visitation, financial issues, education, medical care, religious training, and holidays.
To create a parenting plan, you can seek the assistance of a child custody attorney or mediator to facilitate negotiations with your former spouse. Whatever way you choose to go about it, you will need to be prepared for these proceedings. Some of the relevant documents you will need include:
- Court documents you filed or receive, such as summons or affidavits.
- Correspondence from an attorney, counselor, mediator, or court official in regards to your divorce, paternity, child support, and child custody or visitation.
- Court orders regarding the divorce or award of custody.
- Documents dissolving your marriage or describing your marital status.
- Reports, letters, or evaluations from school officials.
You might not necessarily need all of these, but it is better to be prepared to expedite the process.
Illinois Family Law Attorneys
If you and your spouse have dissolved your marriage and are now working out a parenting agreement, you need a skilled child custody attorney on your side to help ensure a suitable plan is reached that is in the best interests of your children. At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our child custody attorneys in Illinois will work hard to help you reach a mutually agreeable resolution.
Contact our office today for a free consultation!