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Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312.897.2010

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Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: 815.455.3000


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Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847.637.5140


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Divorce and Family Law

Custody & Parental Responsibilities

While divorcing couples will typically have to face issues related to asset division and alimony, parents must also address child custody and the associated challenges of raising a child in separate households. In Illinois, the law now uses the phrase parental responsibilities instead of the word custody to describe which parent has decision making authority for the children. Still, despite a modernized definition, the basic concepts will be familiar to parents. Custody is about the choices parents make with living arrangements, education, health care, extracurricular activities, and more.
At Bruning & Associates, P.C., our team is prepared to help you navigate the important matters parents encounter with the divorce process. We can explain the laws that apply to your case, so please contact us today to set up a no-cost consultation. An Illinois custody and parental responsibilities attorney will advise you on making informed decisions, and an overview of the relevant concepts is also useful.

Custody & Parental Responsibilities

In the confusing world of custody disputes, the skilled divorce lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C. will help you protect your rights as a parent. Our divorce lawyers will develop and prosecute the best strategy for maximizing your right to make decisions related to custody, parental responsibilities, and the best interests of your children.

We can also help you understand how determinations on custody affect other issues related to minor children in divorce. For instance:

  • Illinois laws prefer a co-parenting arrangement for allocation of parental responsibilities, but the child might reside with one parent for school and practical purposes. The other parent will have the right to exercise visitation, also referred to as parenting time.
  • When the child primarily resides with one parent, the non-residential parent will usually be required to pay child support. The details depend on the income shares model, the visitation schedules, and statutory guidelines for child support obligations.

Temporary Custody & Parental Responsibilities

Temporary custody also known as temporary parental responsibilities is an award by the court during the divorce case of certain parenting responsibilities for the children to one or both of the divorcing parents. Usually, the parenting responsibilities include decision-making as to:

  • Education;
  • Religion;
  • Health care; and,
  • Extracurricular activities.

The divorce attorneys at Bruning & Associates, P.C. work diligently to complete your divorce case as quickly as possible. However, some divorce cases take longer to resolve, and many cases involve a request by one of the spouses for temporary custody or parental responsibilities of the children. The skilled divorce lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C. have substantial education, training, experience, and expertise with respect to temporary custody and parental responsibilities proceedings in the divorce court.

Petitions for Relocation (moving with a child out of state)

Illinois law prohibits divorcing and/or divorced parents from moving out of Illinois with a child or children without first obtaining permission from the court. Such permission can be obtained only by means of a petition for relocation filed with the Court. The parent seeking to remove a child must prove that relocation is permitted under the law. The parent seeking to keep the child in Illinois has many available defenses to a petition for relocation. The divorce lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C. will help determine your rights with respect to the relocation of children from Illinois.
Bruning & Associates, P.C. has offices conveniently located near you in Chicago, Schaumburg and Crystal Lake, Illinois. Please contact Bruning & Associates, P.C. to schedule your free consultation regarding your divorce case and issues regarding custody and parental responsibilities, Temporary custody and parental responsibilities and petitions for relocation.

Options for Resolving Custody & Parental Responsibilities

Parenting Plan Agreement 

Illinois law encourages parents to compromise on custody and parental responsibilities, especially since co-parenting is preferred. If you can agree on how to handle the allocation of parental decision-making and visitation, the judge will first review it to ensure the arrangement complies with the child’s best interests.


Even when you think an agreement on child custody is not feasible, participating in the mediation process often gets parents closer together. During the proceedings, a trained mediator will consult with parents separately and together to assess disputes. These mediation professionals are skilled in facilitating productive conversations between parents, guiding them toward a mutual understanding of how to raise the child.

Child Custody Litigation

In cases where parents are unable to agree on custody and parental responsibilities, the matter will go before the judge for a decision. The court is required to apply the child’s best interest standard, and relevant factors include:

  • The child’s relationship with each parent
  • The physical and emotional needs of the child
  • How the parents can support the child and each other with respect to custody
  • The child’s adjustments to the home, school, and community
  • The impact of the child’s relationships with siblings and other influential individuals
  • Many others


A Guardian is someone who makes legal decisions for another person who is unable to make those decisions on their own. A guardianship may be needed for a minor when the child no longer has a parent qualified to make legal decisions on his or her behalf. A guardianship for an adult person may be needed when he or she is unable to make and communicate responsible decisions regarding his or her personal care or finances due to a mental, physical or developmental disability.

Our Illinois Custody & Parental Responsibilities Lawyers Can Explain Details

Bruning & Associates P.C. has offices conveniently located near you in Chicago, Schaumburg, and Crystal Lake, Illinois. Please contact the Chicago, Schaumburg, or Crystal Lake offices of Bruning & Associates, P.C. to schedule your free guardianship consultation.

Serving clients with matters regarding custody and parenting responsibilities in McHenry County including but not limited to Algonquin, Cary, Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, McHenry & Woodstock. We also represent clients throughout Northern Illinois including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, McHenry County, Lake County, Will County, Boone County, DeKalb County, Kendall County, LaSalle County, and Winnebago County.

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