Aaron Carnine Family Law Attorney

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Decision Making (formerly Custody)

Decision Making (formerly Custody)

As of January 2016, Illinois has eliminated the terminology of Custody and Visitation.  They are replaced with Decision Making and Parenting Time.  Both necessitate consultation and cooperation between parents on significant matters involving children. It does not mean equal physical parenting time and does not affect visitation. Joint Decision Making is limited to major decision making for the child regarding medical, school, religion, and extracurricular. The decision making terms do not change the time spent with the child. The court considers, “the ability of the parents to cooperate effectively and consistently in matters that directly affect the joint parenting of the child.”    Despite the terminology, both parents have the right to be informed as to the medical issues of the child, school schedule, activities schedule, and any other events that occur in the child’s life.


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