Child custody matters are emotionally charged and understandably so. If you are not able to resolve the matter through an agreement, you may literally be fighting for your children. A child custody lawyer in Chicago can help you decide crucial issues relating to both your children and your relationship with them.
Under Illinois law, what was traditionally known as legal custody is now referred to as parental responsibilities, which addresses each parent’s decision-making authority and responsibility for their child. Physical custody is now called parenting time and involves the amount of time each parent gets to spend with their child.
The custody process can, without a doubt, be one of the most stressful things that you can experience. You are presented with many decisions, each one possibly having a large impact on your and your children’s future. It is even more difficult when the two parents are not getting along and having trouble reaching an agreement.
When you are dealing with a child custody matter, every lawyer will tell you that the “best interests of the child” test will dictate your case. While it sounds simple, in reality, it is not. A judge would have the discretion to consider practically anything in applying this test. Your case demands an attorney who knows the right arguments to make to the court that could show why your position is in the children’s best interests. This comes from experience, and our firm has the right type of experience.
The truth is that each family situation is unique. You have the right to an attorney who will take the time to learn your situation and give you pragmatic and thoughtful advice tailored to your own circumstances. Our lawyers will listen closely to you from our very first conversation and will outline a legal strategy that works for you.
Everyone hopes that their custody matters can be decided with a minimum of friction. After all, you will still need to co-parent after the ink is dry on the divorce. If the process is bitter and contentious, it could harm your post-divorce relationship. This could have an impact on the children. As your counselor and advisor, we are able to suggest practical solutions that could help resolve any custody disputes.
There are often times during a divorce where cooler heads need to prevail. Our attorneys will give you realistic advice that could pave the way for a peaceful resolution of your case. However, if your custodial rights are at stake and the other parent shows no desire to work with you, we will litigate on your behalf to achieve a fair resolution that is in the best interest of your children. We are tough lawyers who are experienced in the divorce process. Your child custody matter does not have to be a fight, but if it is contentious, you want to come to the table with smart and assertive lawyers.
If you have decided on a divorce and have parenting issues to resolve, contact the Law Offices of George M. Sanders to schedule your initial consultation. Speaking with a Chicago attorney will give you the peace of mind to know that you will not have to go through the custody process on your own.