New Illinois Family Law Effects Joint Custody Parenting

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new Illinois law, concerning the first right of refusal for parenting time, will have an effect on parenting with a joint custody arrangement.  Effective January 1, 2014, if the court awards joint custody, a parent who is unable to care for the child or children must offer parenting time to the other parent prior to finding alternate care or paying for a babysitter. Read more here about the new law 750 ILCS 5/603.2. This post highlights the New Illinois Family Law Effects Joint Custody Parenting, but contact us for updates and how this effects your family law case.

Illinois Divorce Attorney, Erin Birt, based in DuPage County, recommends that all parenting agreements contain a first right of refusal provision.  Divorce attorneys in Illinois  have been including such a provision for many years, and it is best practice to customize such provisions for each family.  To discuss what is an appropriate amount of time for a ‘first right of refusal' provision, contact  The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, P.C. for a consultation and to discuss the New Illinois Family Law Effects Joint Custody Parenting.

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Erin Birt

Since 2003, Erin N. Birt, J.D., CADC has focused her practice on parenting time, divorce, mediation, and substance abuse issues. Ms. Birt's unique background in both family law and addictions counseling help her clients successfully navigate the complex issues of coparenting and divorce. Ms. Birt also devotes her time to presenting at continuing education seminars for attorneys, mediators, and counselors.


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