How Courts Determine Parenting Time in Illinois
These factors include:
- The wishes of both parents seeking parenting time.
- The wishes of the child if they are mature or able enough to express themselves.
- The time spent by each parent in taking care of the child previously.
- Any previous agreement between the parents or conduct as it relates to parenting time historically.
- The interaction and interrelationship of the child with the parent and or siblings or another person who significantly affects the child.
- The child’s adjustment to their home, school, and community.
- The mental and physical capacities of all parties involved.
- The needs of the child.
- The distance and cost or transporting the child to and from each parent’s residence
- Whether a restriction is currently in place on parenting time for either parent
- If there’s a history of physical violence or the threat of physical violence towards the child or any other household member
- Ability of the parent to put the needs of the child above their own needs
- The ability and willingness of each parent to foster and encourage a relationship with the other parent and the child
- The presence of abuse toward the child or any other household member
- If either parent is a convicted sex offender and if so the nature of the conviction as well as any treatment completed by the offender
- The terms of either parent based on active military duty by one or both parents
- Any other relevant factor as determined by the court
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