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Chicago Child Custody Lawyer

Chicago Child Custody Lawyer

Child custody can address your child custody arrangements upon divorce or outside of marriage and divorce, and child custody modifications after the fact are also common. Your child custody terms will directly affect your rights as a parent, and working closely with an experienced Chicago child custody lawyer is the best way to protect these rights. 

Your Responsibilities as a Parent

As a parent, you have immense responsibilities related to raising and providing for your children, and a major part of this is making primary decisions on their behalf. The State of Illinois refers to this decision-making as parental responsibilities (often referred to as legal custody). The categories of decisions involved include:

  • Decisions about schooling
  • Decisions about health care
  • Decisions about extracurriculars and travel
  • Decisions about religion 

You and your children’s other parent can make these decisions together (the way most parents do when they are married), but other options include:

  • Making these decisions together but one of you has the ability to break a tie (once you’ve exhausted your negotiation options)
  • Dividing these decisions between you according to their category
  • Assigning this decision-making responsibility to one of you alone

When it comes to those day-to-day decisions that regularly arise, the parent who is in charge of the kids at the time is responsible for making them, and emergency decisions must be made by the parent who is most readily available. 

Parenting Time

The State of Illinois addresses the matter of physical custody as parenting time, and it sets your parenting schedule (when your kids are with you in your home and when they are with their other parent). Illinois courts have standard parenting time schedules they assign when they’re required to intervene on the matter of child custody, but if you and your divorcing spouse are able to negotiate mutually acceptable terms, you can arrange whatever schedule works for you. 

The factors the court takes into careful consideration when assigning parenting time schedules include all the following:

  • Each child’s unique needs, including any special needs
  • Each parent’s preference
  • Each child’s preference (if mature enough to offer one)
  • Each parent’s level of participation in raising the children to this point
  • The overall mental and physical health of each parent and each child
  • The children’s level of adjustment to their current living situation (in terms of their home, their schools, and the community at large)
  • Each parent’s ability and desire to engage in cooperative parenting with the other
  • Each parent’s ability and desire to support the children’s ongoing relationship with the other 
  • Any other factors deemed pertinent by the court

 An Experienced Chicago Child Custody Lawyer Can Help

The compassionate Chicago child custody attorneys at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders focus their impressive practice on skillfully advocating for the parental rights of clients like you. Your case is important, so please don’t delay reaching out and contacting us for more information today.

Contact Our Illinois Divorce & Custody Law Firm Today

You will find our attorneys to be flexible, responsive, and ready to begin providing exceptional representation to protect your rights and your best interests immediately. Call our law office now at 312-624-7645 to schedule a consultation about your family law needs at no initial charge.

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