New York Office535 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor
New York, NY 10017
Office: (212) 427-2049
Fax: (212) 202-6077
cari@rinckerlaw.com
Skype: Cari.Rincker
Illinois Offices301 N. Neil Street, Suite 400
Champaign, IL 61820
229 E Main Street
Shelbyville, IL 62565
Office: (217) 531-2179
Fax: (217) 531-2211

Custody and Visitation: Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

Out of all the areas in family and matrimonial law, this is the area that Cari is the most passionate about. She understands the grave importance of a parenting plan that helps facilitate a relationship with both parents, that is appropriate for that situation.

Cari and her team do not take a “cookie cutter” approach to disputes involving the custody and visitation; instead, they carefully work through disputes involving decision-making and parenting time to help memorialize an agreement that best serves that individual family. Rincker Law, PLLC has a team approach when working with family law clients in working through disputes involving the allocation of parental responsibilities and we understand that those agreements and orders need to be modified as the family changes.

We take pride at Rincker Law, PLLC in being communicative and responsive. Cari and her team aims to educate clients of the legal process as they work together on determining the best path for his or her family.

Rincker Law, PLLC will help clients think through all the issues affecting their parenting plan including but not limited to:

  • Decision making over “major decisions” on the four spheres of influence: health, education, religion and extra-curricular activities;
  • Communication between the parents (including any need to use a co-parenting application like Our Family Wizard or Talking Parents or use of a shared drive such as DropBox or Google Calendar);
  • Communication between the parent and the child (including telephone and video-conferencing such as FaceTime and Skype);
  • Travel (both domestically and internationally) including travel itineraries, notice, and passport renewals;
    Basic parenting time schedules and schedules for holidays, school breaks and summer breaks; and,
  • Parenting protocols (e.g., consistency of punishment, introduction of significant others and overnight guests, special medical concerns).

Use of technology is important to us to help provide more information to the clients and help make the processes more efficient. Rincker Law, PLLC uses Custody xChange software to offer clients a calendar analysis of the proposed parenting plan to help reality test the proposed schedule and assist the client is counting overnights and/or waking hours, if this information is useful in the situation.

Supervised Visitation

Rincker Law, PLLC can assist families who need to transition to or from supervised visitation, when appropriate. Cari and her team can offer suggested professionals and organizations to help facilitate supervised visitation, if requested.

Grandparent Visitation

Rincker Law, PLLC is equipped to help grandparents who are not receiving access to their grandchildren. Cari and her team understand the importance of those relationships and will help grandparents fight for visitation.

Sibling and Half-Sibling Visitation

Cari and her team can also help siblings and half-siblings have visitation to help foster those invaluable relationships.

Pet Visitation

Children and animals sometimes go hand-in-hand in parenting time disputes as families want their children to have access to former pets. Rincker Law, PLLC employs several pet owners who are sensitive to these issues.

Low Income Families

It is important to Rincker Law, PLLC to serve families at every socioeconomic level, including low income families. We do not take on any pro bono divorces but depending on resources and caseload, Rincker Law, PLLC will take on select cases on a sliding scale basis. Interested candidates must apply noting the need and financial status.

Same Sex Families

Cari and her team enjoy serving a diverse community, including same-sex families. Rincker Law, PLLC is proud to be known in the community to be “LGBTQ Friendly” and is particularly sensitive to the issues that affect same sex relationships.

Language Resources

Rincker Law, PLLC has employees and independent contractors with foreign language proficiencies and has experiences working with translators on an as needed basis to offer the necessary resources to ensure that clients understand the process and their interests are best protected.