The village of Long Grove is considered one of the more affluent areas of Illinois, and is small in size, providing the feeling of a tight, close knit community. The fact that its residents are so neighborly, and the town itself so bubbly, can make going through a divorce or separating and seeking custody of a child that much more difficult – preservation of privacy can feel impossible.
At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our experienced Long Grove child custody lawyers are here to protect your confidentiality and assist you in securing a custody arrangement that preserves your child’s best interests.
A parenting plan is a legal document that lays the framework for where a child will live and who will care for the child. Each parent is responsible for filing a parenting plan, and submitting their proposed plan to Illinois’ courts. If parenting plans are different, a judge will ultimately decide which parenting plan will go into effect.
What is ideal, though, is a situation where parents work together to create a parenting plan that they submit jointly to the court. Creating a parenting plan that parents are in agreement on has many benefits, including:
In the event that you and your child’s other parent are unable to create a parenting plan that you both agree on, the decision will be made by a judge. In order to make a decision regarding with whom a child should live and how time should be shared amongst parents, the judge will attempt to determine the child’s best interests by considering things like each parent’s commitment to preserving the relationship between the child and the other parent, each party’s mental and physical health, the wishes of the child, the child’s relationship with their school and community, the involvement of each parent in the child’s life up to this point, and other relevant factors.
When fighting for custody of your child, there is a lot at stake. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our Long Grove child custody lawyers are on your side to guide you throughout the entire process, beginning with working with your child’s other parent to create a parenting plan. If mediation and negotiation are unsuccessful, our law firm will represent you in court, presenting evidence highlighting that the child’s best interests are protected by the court awarding you custody.
There is no time to lose. To schedule a consultation and learn more about child custody laws in Illinois, please contact our law firm by phone or online today.