Decision-making authority covers significant decisions in a child’s life, such as healthcare, education, extracurricular activities, and religion. Each of the significant decisions can be shared or jointly made by both parents. There is however, no requirement that the decision-making be joint. Further, if the parents agree, the court can order other significant decisions in a child’s life to be made jointly even if some of the decisions in the child’s life could be made solely by one parent.
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