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How to Seek A Temporary Parenting Allocation in Illinois

In Illinois, if a parent is seeking a temporary allocation of parental responsibilities or parenting time and both parties agree, a court hearing isn’t necessarily required and the court will accept a temporary allocation order based on the agreement between the parties.

Filing for temporary custody in Illinois


In Illinois, if a parent is seeking a temporary allocation of parental responsibilities or parenting time and both parties agree, a court hearing isn’t necessarily required and the court will accept a temporary allocation order based on the agreement between the parties.

However, if the parents can’t come to an agreement in regards to temporary custody or decision-making, a petition for the temporary allocation of parental responsibilities must be filed in the appropriate county, generally where the responding party is residing.  Once the petition has been filed with the court, the initiating party will be assigned an initial court date and time, the other party must be served properly in accordance with local laws to inform them of the proceedings, and, depending on the specific issues, a hearing may be scheduled immediately.

What Happens at Temporary Allocation Hearings?

During temporary allocation hearings, both parties get the opportunity to present evidence on their behalf.  Once both sides have had a chance to give the court their evidence, the court then makes a decision on how to allocate parental responsibilities (decision-making authority) and parenting time, how long the temporary allocation will remain in effect, and any applicable stipulations until a final hearing can be scheduled and heard.

What to do if You’re Seeking an Allocation Judgment (Temporary or Permanent)

Family law matters in Illinois are often a sensitive and emotional time for all parties involved, including children. Approaching these matters yourself can leave you unprepared due to unfamiliarity with the court or legal processes.  These matters often require an experienced family law attorney to ensure you have the proper representation and receive fair treatment during the hearing.

If you need to start or respond to an allocation petition or representation at a hearing, contact us today for a free consultation to learn how we can defend your rights.

Do you have an imminent court date? Don't hesitate to contact us.

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