Child Custody Lawyers in Wheaton IL
Schaumburg Divorce Attorneys for Allocation of Parental Responsibility
Child custody (allocation of parental responsibility) and visitation (parenting time) are the most commonly disputed issues in divorce negotiations because of the emotional and financial effects. The guiding principle in all parental responsibility matters is "the best interest of the child," but often parents do not agree on what is really in the child's best interest.
A skilled and experienced family law attorney can be particularly important in the outcome of a child custody case in a divorce situation. Even in paternity cases, it's wise to work with a lawyer who can help you get favorable visitation (which may include grandparent visitation).
The child custody lawyers at Anderson & Associates, P.C. have been helping families in Cook County and DuPage County with parental responsibility negotiations for more than 25 years. We are committed to effectively representing your interests in child custody negotiations and in court.
When you need legal help, contact our law offices or call 847-995-9999 (Schaumburg office) or 630-653-9400 (Wheaton office).
Updated Illinois Child Custody Laws
Thanks to recent family law updates, the term "child custody" is no longer a part of Illinois legal terminology. The changes also eliminated sole vs. joint custody and are now geared more towards the best interests of the child. Previously-entered orders will still contain sole or joint custody language, however, new determinations will consider a primary residential parent that may have the majority of parental responsibility in the child's life.
Similarly, the term "visitation" was replaced with "parenting time" phrasing for the new family law changes. Each parent will be allotted certain parenting time rights, with the primary residential parent possibly retaining most of the time with the child. Parenting time for non-parents, such as grandparents, is still considered visitation.
Effective parental responsibility agreements are best reached when both parties work together cooperatively. If parents need additional resources to reach an agreement, we can help with an evaluation. If parents cannot reach an agreement, our skilled trial attorneys represent your child's best interests in family court.
Child Custody Must be Responsive to Changing Family Needs
Children change, parents change and parental responsibility agreements sometimes need to change as well. We can help you bring your child custody case back to court to seek modification of an existing custody and parenting time agreement or to gain permission or to fight a request to remove your child from the state.
Our full-service law firm also handles other legal issues involving children, such as child support, adoption, guardianships and enforcement of existing custody, parenting time, or visitation orders.
For experienced legal representation, advice or information about Illinois child custody issues, contact our Chicago area law offices to schedule a free initial consultation.