Parenting Plans Lawyer – Cook & DuPage County, IL

Allocation of Parental Rights, Responsibilities & Parenting Time in Cook County, DuPage County & Serving the Chicagoland Area

As a parent who has chosen to get a divorce or an unmarried parent who has separated from your partner, you are likely concerned about the many child-related issues that you will need to address. The decisions made during this time will have a long-term impact on your relationship with your children, the amount of time you will be able to spend with them, and how you and your former partner will work together to make parenting decisions. It is important to work with a skilled and experienced family law attorney who can address your concerns and help you reach a positive outcome to your case.


At The Law Offices of William G. Clark, Jr. & Associates, we have over 45 years of experience and have represented hundreds of clients in divorce and family law cases. We can help you understand your rights and responsibilities when addressing parenting issues, and we will work with you to create a parenting agreement that will meet your family's needs. While we believe that working together with your ex-partner to resolve your differences and reach an agreement is often the best approach, we are prepared to represent you in courtroom litigation, where we will fight to protect your parental rights and your children's best interests.

Creating A Parenting Plan

During the divorce process, parents will be required to create an agreement that details their rights and responsibilities regarding their children. Unmarried parents may also create a parenting agreement that addresses these concerns. With a comprehensive parenting plan or agreement in place, parents will have a full understanding of their ongoing roles in their children's lives and the rules they will be required to follow.

In addition to defining the allocation of parental responsibilities, a parenting plan will specify which parent's home will be considered the children's primary residence for school enrollment purposes and detail parents' rights to access children's medical or school records. It may also include rules for how parents will address issues such as discipline, communication between children and parents, and notification to each other about emergencies, travel plans, or other issues. Parents can also specify how they will resolve any disagreements or requests to modify the terms of the parenting plan, including stating that they will address these matters through mediation.

Parenting Rights, Responsibilities and Parenting Time - Over 45 Years of Experience

One of the key parts of a parenting plan is the schedule for when children will spend time with each parent. In addition to specifying the days and times when children will stay with each parent on a regular, daily basis, it will also detail how the parents will divide holidays, school vacations, or birthdays.

A parenting plan can specify how children will be transported between parents' homes, along with who is responsible for transporting the children, and when and where pick-ups and drop-offs will occur. It will also address numerous other issues, such as the right of first refusal, which will state that if a parent is unavailable to care for children during a period of scheduled parenting time, he or she must offer the other parent the option to provide care for the children before making other arrangements.

Cook and DuPage County Parenting Agreement Lawyers

Whether you need to address issues related to your children when getting divorced or want to protect your rights as an unmarried parent, our lawyers can help you create a parenting plan that will meet your needs. We will work with you and your former partner to negotiate an agreement, and if you are unable to find a mutually acceptable solution, we can provide you with representation in court. Throughout the legal process, we will work to protect your parental rights while maintaining a focus on your children's best interests.

For help with your concerns with parental rights, responsibilities and parenting time, then please call The Law Offices of William G. Clark, Jr. & Associates today at

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