Crafting Effective Parenting Schedules in Illinois: A Comprehensive Guide with Experienced Tips

Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

Parenting schedules are a critical component of custody arrangements, especially in Illinois court systems. Crafting these schedules demands careful consideration to ensure they cater to the child's well-being while accommodating the parents' needs. At The Law Firm of Erin N Birt, PC (Birt Family Law), located in DuPage County and online, our family law lawyer and mediator specialize in tailoring parenting schedules to fit unique family dynamics. Whether you require unbundled legal services or mediation, we're dedicated to creating effective parenting schedules that prioritize your child's welfare. Additionally, we offer ongoing annual Parenting Schedule Update Services to address any evolving concerns.

Understanding the various types of parenting schedules available in Illinois is crucial for parents navigating custody arrangements. Let's delve into some common types:

50/50 Parenting Schedule:

This schedule ensures both parents spend an equal amount of time with the child, offering plans like alternating weeks, alternating two weeks, or the 3-4-4-3 schedule. It's vital to ensure consistency and convenience for the child, especially concerning school and extracurricular activities. Please note: the trend in Illinois is to approve agreements for 50/50 but not award 50/50 at a trial, contact us to discuss how this might apply to your goals.

60/40 Parenting Schedule:

In this arrangement, one parent has the child 60% of the time, while the other has them 40% of the time. Typically, the child spends the first four days of the week with one parent and the last three with the other. It's beneficial for parents who desire significant involvement but struggle with communication. This can also be a stepping stone to a more equal parenting time schedule down the road. 

70/30, 80/20, and 90/10 Parenting Schedules:

These schedules allocate varying percentages of time between parents, depending on their circumstances and the child's needs. Each schedule offers flexibility to accommodate different parenting roles and living arrangements. These schedules might represent a customary parental role where one parent relied on the other parent to stay at home with the children or for various reason was not available to parent the child with more frequency. These types of schedules might also benefit teens or older children, children with a lot of activities, children with special considerations, or a child struggling at school that needs a consistent routine during the week. 

Summer and Holiday Parenting Plans:

Summer and holiday schedules may differ, with options ranging from maintaining the regular schedule with added vacation periods to alternating entire seasons between parents. Holiday schedules often involve alternating specific holidays or splitting the day itself between parents, depending on preferences and proximity. Parenting schedules for summer break, school breaks, or holidays can be highly customized especially when a schedule during school months might be less liberal between the parents. 

Special Circumstances:

Unique situations, such as long-distance co-parenting or military deployments, require customized parenting plans. Creative solutions, like extended visits during school breaks or flexible arrangements based on the child's age and travel capabilities, ensure both parents remain involved despite challenges.

Navigating custody arrangements can be complex, but with the guidance of our experienced child custody lawyer and mediator in DuPage County, parents can find effective solutions tailored to their family's needs. Whether you're seeking legal representation or mediation services, we're here to support you through every step of the process. We offer in person and online appointments.

Contact The Law Firm of Erin N Birt, PC (Birt Family Law) today at (630) 891-2478 to schedule a confidential consultation and planning session. Let our expertise in all things child related, including Custody FAQ, Parenting Plans, Modifying Custody, Grandparent Rights, and Stepparent Rights guide you toward a successful resolution.

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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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