If you’re facing a divorce that involves children, one of the most difficult terms to resolve is how to divide parenting rights. If you and your children’s other parent are able to find middle ground in relation to your parenting terms, the matter can be resolved out of court. But if you cannot, and a dispute arises, you face a challenging path forward. If you are embroiled in a parenting dispute, it’s time to reach out to a Chicago custody dispute attorney.
If you and your divorcing spouse (or your children’s other parent – if the custody issue is outside of divorce) are unable to reach a consensus regarding your parenting dispute, you can look to your respective attorneys to negotiate terms with one another on behalf of your best interests. If the matter remains stalled at this juncture, you can turn to a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation. At mediation, a professional mediator who is neutral on the matter will guide you and your divorcing spouse through a process in which you explore your best options and consider how the court would likely rule if you looked to it for intervention on the parenting issue.
If you have exhausted your negotiation options and are no closer to resolving your parenting dispute, you’ll need the court to make the determination for you. When it comes to such matters, the judge in your case will take a variety of factors into careful consideration, including:
The court makes every decision that involves children with their best interests in mind. Because fostering a close relationship with both parents is generally considered preferable – barring a reason to rule otherwise – the judge in your case is very likely to rule in favor of maximizing the amount of time each of you has with the children (within the parameters of your unique situation and taking all relevant factors into consideration).
Parenting disputes are some of the most hotly contested divorce-related concerns, and if you find yourself in the middle of one, it’s time to reach out for the professional legal guidance that you need. The compassionate Chicago custody dispute attorneys at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders take great pride in their proven commitment to zealously protecting their clients’ parental rights, and we’re here for you too. For more information, please contact us today.