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Child Custody Lawyer in Chicago

Child Custody Lawyer in Chicago

Your rights as a parent are naturally of the utmost importance, and if you are facing a child custody issue, it’s important to move forward with professional legal counsel on your side. Whether you are going through a divorce, need a post-decree modification, or are facing a child custody concern outside of marriage and divorce, working closely with an experienced child custody lawyer in Chicago from the outset is well advised. 

Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

The State of Illinois addresses child custody in terms of parental responsibilities and parenting time. Both parental responsibilities and parenting time can be either sole or joint, but only if there is a compelling reason will a parent be cut out of his or her child’s life. The State of Illinois bases all its rulings related to children on their best interests, and generally, children are thought to be best served when they are allowed to spend time with both parents.

Parental Responsibilities

It is every parent’s responsibility to protect and support his or her children by making important life decisions on their behalf. This decision-making responsibility can be assigned in all the following ways:

  • One parent can become the sole decision-maker.
  • Both parents can make the decisions together.  
  • Both parents can make the decisions together (but one parent retains the ability to break a tie if it becomes necessary to do so).
  • Both parents can split the responsibility according to the kind of decision that is being made. 

The kinds of decisions involved include primary matters such as the following:

  • Your children’s schooling
  • Your children’s religious education
  • Your children’s medical care
  • Your children’s extracurricular participation

Parenting Time

Parenting time refers to the schedule that determines when your children are with you and when they are with their other parent. While there is no limit to scheduling options, the basics include the following:

  • One parent becomes the primary custodial parent, and the other has a visitation schedule.
  • Both parents split their parenting time somewhat evenly. 

The Court’s Involvement

If you and your children’s other parent are able to agree to a parenting schedule that you can both adhere to, the court is unlikely to deny your request. If you are unable to do so, however, the court will take a wide range of best-interest factors into careful consideration in the decision-making process. Examples include:

  • Each parent’s preference
  • Each parent’s involvement in the children’s lives to date
  • Each parent’s willingness and capacity to include the other parent in the children’s lives
  • Each parent’s willingness and capacity to keep the lines of communication with the other parent open (regarding parenting)

Make the Call to an Experienced Child Custody Lawyer in Chicago Today

The accomplished child custody lawyers at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders in Chicago dedicate their impressive practice to helping clients like you prevail with advantageous case outcomes, and we’re here for you too. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us 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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