Brett Appelman, Naperville Custody LawyerChild Custody Attorney in Illinois

Family law cases are always contentious and emotional, especially when children are involved in the case. A qualified divorce attorney can help guide you through child custody and the other aspects of your divorce.

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If you are contemplating a divorce or a child custody dispute, or are currently in the middle of one, it is essential to have a well drafted Joint Parenting Agreement (JPA). A JPA can be entered into whether the parties are married and getting divorced, or even if they have never married but have children together.

The JPA is essentially a contract between the two parties that governs how they will raise their kids in the coming years. There are some standard items that are common to all JPAs, such as:

  • Visitation rights
  • Which parent will have which child for certain holidays
  • Which parents the kids will live with

However, there is no hard and fast rule as to what a JPA must include. The beauty of these agreements is that they can be crafted to fit the individual needs of each specific party. With that in mind, JPAs can also address issues including:

  • The child’s existing medical needs
  • Whether the child involved in sports or other extra-curricular activities
  • How the child’s secondary education will be paid for

Once both parents agree to the terms set out in the agreement then it is signed by both and entered by the Court as a JPA Judgment. If one parent fails to live up to their end of the terms the other parent now has a specific reason to take them to court and ask for relief.

Illinois Divorce Attorneys

Divorce and child custody cases can be confusing and frustrating. Our Illinois family law attorneys are here to help you through the process in the quickest, most painless way possible. Contact us for a free initial consultation.