Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Equal Parenting Time vs Best Interest of the Child

From Chicago Sun-Times:

Current law in Illinois focuses on the best interest of the child. However, a bill introduced in 2017 recommends a presumption that both parents have equal parenting time with a child. Equal parenting time has received many criticism for it departs from the child-first approach.

One comment is that the 2017 bill would be particularly harmful in cases involving domestic violence and child abuse. No batterer or child abuser should ever be presumed, as a matter of law, to have equal parenting time.

Additionally, the bill also ignores the reality that women often have fewer resources to pay the legal fees necessary to challenge the presumption in court through litigation.  

Read more here.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/family_law/2022/02/equal-parenting-time-vs-best-interest-of-the-child.html

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