Denis M. Gravel & Associates P.C.
Free Family Law Consultations 847-855-8447

New bill resurrects 4113

The new House Bill 185 has the same goal as House Bill 4113. Currently, there is a movement among divorced parents, which is seeking to change the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, and give both parents equal parenting time.

Of course, the final parenting agreement, or Allocation Judgment and Parenting Plan, would still depend on each family's needs. According to the Illinois News Network, the proposed change would state that 50/50 parenting time is only the beginning presumption for parenting time.

Illinois family courts would presume equal parenting time at the start of a case, but the primary residential parent and parenting time issues could be modified depending on the statutory factors, such as:

  • Each parent's ability and willingness to negotiate decisions together;
  • How close the parents live to each other and their child's school;
  • Each parent's parenting style and responsibilities; and,
  • How well the proposed parenting time would fit each child's needs.

Illinois is not the only state considering these changes. Advocates of the proposed change state that equal parenting time is inherently in the best interest of the child.

Is that true?

During a divorce, all family courts prioritize the standard of what is in the child's best interests. The goal of this standard is to:

  • Maintain stability for the child during divorce
  • Help protect the child's overall health
  • Ensure the child receives the care they need

It is true that this standard often states that it is beneficial for each child to sustain relationships with both of their parents after divorce.

However, opponents of equal parenting time state that it would force children to switch between homes too often, and therefore decrease stability.

What would equal parenting look like?

If House Bill 185 becomes law, parents may negotiate an equal parenting time schedule. If the parties are unable to agree, the Judge will determine the parenting time schedule. The Judge would then start with an equal, 50/50, schedule, but may deviate based upon the statutory factors.

The law did not pass the first time it was presented. As it is being presented a second time, the future pertaining to this parenting time proposal is uncertain.

Please call Denis M. Gravel & Associates, P.C., at 847-855-8447 to discuss any and all parenting time issues.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Our Clients Say

  1. For anyone in the Lake County, Illinois, area in need of a great family lawyer — I highly recommend Denis M. Gravel. His firm truly cares about you and he is an excellent, honest and upfront attorney. I was very proud to have his firm represent me in my divorce.

  2. I walked into Denis' office scared and unsure of how to proceed during this difficult time. Denis and his staff put my mind at ease. They not only helped me legally but also emotionally. They handled everything professionally, expertly and with compassion.

  3. Denis and his associates were very professional and attentive to my situation. Denis was able to allow me and my dad to continue living in my home and have fair visitation rights with my daughter. I will forever be grateful for his care, concern and devotion in achieving justice for me during my divorce.

  4. I remember the day I walked into his office, I was scared and very emotional unsure of how I would get through any of this. After leaving his office that day I felt a sense of calm and I knew I had the right person in my corner. Mr. Gravel is a very kind and compassionate man.

Read More Testimonials
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

To arrange your free initial consultation at our Lake County law office, please call 847-855-8447 or submit the following form.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Denis M. Gravel & Associates P.C.
1790 Nations Drive
Suite 121
Gurnee, Illinois 60031

Phone: 847-855-8447
Fax: 847-855-8497
Gurnee Law Office Map

Visa | Master Card | Discover Network

At Denis M. Gravel & Associates, P.C.,
we value your feedback.

Review Us