Child custody arrangements can become an extremely stressful aspect of a divorce proceeding. When it comes to child custody, there are many different ways that divorcing spouses approach the topic. Some parents work out a parenting schedule and custody arrangement and have their attorneys draft the relevant custody agreement. In other cases, the parents are unable to agree on a parenting schedule or a custody arrangement. In those cases, litigation concerning custody and parenting time becomes necessary. Frequently, those disputes are resolved by an agreement between the parties after mediation or further settlement discussions. Litigating and negotiating child custody agreements and parenting plans can become expensive and stressful for the parents and children. Even though parents may have legitimate disputes concerning child custody and a parenting plan, it is important that the parents work to make the process as easy as possible for them and their children. The Northbrook child custody attorneys at Law Offices of George M. Sanders are ready to help you with your divorce proceedings.
When it comes to child custody, there are two categories, legal custody and residential custody.
Legal custody concerns how discussions are made concerning the children’s education, medical care, religion and oftentimes extracurricular activities. Legal custody is typically shared by both parents, which means the parents have to discuss these issues with one another and work to reach agreements. In some cases, legal custody is assigned to just one parent, which means that this parent will make the above decisions for the children.
Residential custody refers to the time the child will spend with each parent. One parent may have primary residential custody, which largely means the child spends the majority of their time with that parent. The trend today is for the parents to split parenting time as equally as possible, subject to the needs of the children and practical realities existing in each individual case.
There are many different child custody and residential custody arrangements. In some cases, the parents will come to a mutual decision on how child custody will be arranged. If the parents are unable to come to an agreement, the decision will be made by the court.
Even in the most civil divorce, child custody can be an emotionally charged topic. The team at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. has experience working through these issues while advocating for your rights as a parent.
Going through a divorce can be one of the most challenging and confusing times in your life, but when children are involved, the stakes are that much higher. At The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., we understand the fear of losing the battle for child custody. Our team of experienced Naperville child custody focused lawyers are ready to step in and help. Contact us today to learn more about our track record of excellence. We are dedicated to working on your behalf throughout the entire divorce process, so reach out today to schedule your initial consultation.