If you are going through a divorce involving children, you will need to address the issue of child custody. If you and your divorcing spouse can come to an agreement on the matter of child custody, the court is likely to accept the agreement you decide upon if the court believes the terms of the agreement are in the best interests of the child. However, if an agreement can’t be reached, working closely with one of the best Chicago child custody attorneys will help ensure that you obtain a child custody arrangement that protects you and your child’s rights not only for today but also takes into consideration, what will work for you into the future. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders in Chicago, we tailor our extensive experience and personal attention to every case we take on, and we can help you.
In the State of Illinois, child custody is always based on the best interests of the children involved. The fact is, however, that – as your child’s parent – you know far more about them and about what is best for them than the judge in your case ever could. This is why it’s almost always in parents’ best interests to agree on child custody arrangements with one another out of court instead of allowing the court to do so for them. This often includes negotiating through your respective attorneys or attending mediation if your negotiations are not successful.
When it comes to child custody, there are both legal custody and physical custody to consider. Legal custody refers to both parents’ legal rights and responsibilities. Both parents generally share legal custody (barring exceptional circumstances), and this means that both parents participate in making important decisions in their children’s lives, including:
Physical custody, also known as residential custody, addresses where the child resides. Physical custody can be split equally (50/50) between the parties or, other times, one parent is named the primary custodial parent while the other parent is provided with a liberal visitation schedule.
Both parents are responsible to financially support their children. Under Illinois law, both parents’ income and the time spent with the children will be input into a formula to determine each parties child support obligation.
Your child custody arrangements are undoubtedly your primary divorce concern, and the dedicated child custody attorneys at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders in Chicago are committed to helping you obtain arrangements that protect you and your children’s rights and that work for you. Our formidable legal team has the skill, knowledge, compassion, and commitment to effectively and efficiently advocate on your behalf regarding your child custody arrangements, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.