Yes, even if the parenting time schedule is not equal, both parents may still share decision-making authority. Decision-making and parenting time each have different factors that the court looks at when determining what is in a child’s best interest. Although many of the factors are the same, the court has the ability to order a specific arrangement for decision-making and a specific arrangement for parenting time. Whether those arrangements are the same or different will depend on the facts of each case.
Michelle R. Mosby-Scott is a lead family law attorney at Allison & Mosby-Scott in Bloomington Illinois. She focuses solely on family law, regularly representing clients in divorce, child custody and support, pension division and removal, and alimony. www.allisonmosby-scott.com