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Child Custody Lawyers Chicago

Child Custody Lawyers Chicago

Resolving child custody arrangements during a divorce is very frequently resolved amicably and quickly, this issue can become incredibly difficult and contentious. You and your spouse’s respective child custody lawyers will attempt to help you find common ground related to your child custody arrangements. If, however, you’re unable to come to an agreement, the court will have to make these important decisions on your behalf. Working closely with an experienced Chicago child custody attorney is an important step in giving you the best chance of obtaining a child custody arrangement that works for you and your children. 

Mediation and Child Custody

If you and your spouse – aided by your respective attorneys – are not able to come to a mutual agreement regarding child custody, mediation can help. Under Illinois law, if divorcing parents cannot agree on custody, the court will send them to mediation so they can try to work out their disagreements in a more structured setting with a trained mediator. Mediation can help in many different ways, including, but not limited to: 

  • Helping both of you better define the issues that you’re facing
  • Facilitating more open communication between the two of you
  • Helping find the areas you both agree on and build from there
  • Helping you negotiate terms that you both find acceptable

Your respective Chicago divorce lawyers can guide you through the mediation process and provide counsel regarding your rights under Illinois law.

The Court’s Role

If mediation fails and the parties are unable to reach an agreement, their child custody case will have to get decided by the court. A court will look at many different factors and may even order a custody evaluation from a trained professional. The court’s overriding goal is to do what is in the best interests of the children involved. In this process, the court will look at a number of factors, including, but not limited to: 

  • Your ability to cooperate with one another in relation to raising your children post-divorce
  • Each of your preferences regarding child custody arrangements
  • The preferences of the children, if they have reached a certain age
  • Your involvement in the children’s lives during the marriage
  • The health status (physical and mental) of each of you – and the health status of your children
  • The children’s level of adjustment to their home, school, and community 
  • The capacity of each of you to foster a close relationship between the children and the other parent

Unless a significant issue exists with one of the parents, Illinois courts believe that spending time and maintaining relationships with both parents is in the child’s best interests.  

Child Custody Basics 

The State of Illinois has modified the terminology related to custody and now uses the allocation of parental responsibilities instead of legal custody (the parent who makes important legal decisions on behalf of the children) and parenting time instead of residential custody or visitation. Each custody arrangement will be based on the circumstances of your situation, the other parent’s situation, and the needs of your child. You will need to design a detailed parenting plan that sets out all of the details of your parenting time and the allocation of parental responsibilities. 

If You Are Facing Child Custody Issues, You Need an Experienced Chicago Child Custody Lawyer on Your Side 

Child custody concerns are generally a highly emotional part of a divorce. If you are facing such concerns, the dedicated child custody attorneys at  The Law Offices of George M. Sanders in Chicago have the experience, compassion, and commitment to help you. For more information,  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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