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Warrenville child custody lawyerOur world has changed dramatically over the past year. In an effort to keep the coronavirus from spreading, state and local governments have issued stay-at-home orders and temporarily closed non-essential businesses. As a result, many people have been laid off or furloughed while others may be able to work remotely from home. In addition, the majority of school-age children are e-learning through video apps such as Zoom or Google Meets. For divorced parents, this “new normal” can directly impact their co-parenting arrangements. In Illinois, any couple that is dissolving their marriage must create a parenting plan. This document outlines important child-related information, such as decision-making authority and parenting time schedules. Following health restrictions and guidelines due to COVID-19 can make adhering to parenting plans trickier, especially with the holidays approaching. Below are a few tips for cooperative parenting during this unprecedented time. 

Illinois Parenting Plans

In some divorce cases, both spouses are able to reach mutual decisions regarding their children such as the allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody) and parenting time (visitation). If a couple cannot agree on matters, then they will have to go to court and a judge will make these decisions for them. 

An Illinois parenting plan must address the following issues: 

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