The phrase right of first refusal means different things depending on what area of law one is discussing. In the world of family law, the right of first refusal refers to the option of one parent to watch a couple's children when the other parent needs child care.
A previous post on this blog talked about the special issues that get raised in allocation of parental responsibilities cases where domestic violence is an issue.
The prevailing wisdom when it comes to allocation of parental responsibilities these days is that the best interests of a child are served when both parents share in the important aspects of a child's life and have plenty of time to raise and care for the child.
Even people who grew up in the Peoria area and have their family here may find that, for whatever reason, they need to move elsewhere.
When parents in Illinois divorce, important decisions will need to be made regarding the child. One of these decisions is who will have decision-making responsibilities for the child. This decision could affect both the parents and the child for years to come.