Parenting Responsibility

The Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 was replaced by the Illinois Parentage Act of 2016. Before the new law came into effect, a major issue in a divorce of parents was who got residential “custody” and whether both parents made the decisions (joint custody) or only one (sole custody).

no sole custody or joint custody
Now we have Allocation of Parenting Responsibility and Allocation of Parenting Time.
There are 4 areas covered in the Allocation of Parenting Responsibility (decision-making):

  • Health
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Extra-curricular

If both parents have authority in all four areas, the results are the same as the old “joint custody”. But it is possible to mix and match: have one parent make Health decisions, the other parent make the Religious and Extra-curricular decisions, and both parents make the Education decisions.