Ranked as one of the top 10 places to raise children in the United States, Wilmette, Illinois is an ideal place to live–and a great place to be a parent–due to its median income, low unemployment rate, and proximity to downtown Chicago. One thing that can quickly put a damper on the magic of Wilmette, though, is fighting for custody of a child following a divorce or separation. If you are seeking custody of your child in Wilmette, our experienced child custody lawyers are prepared to represent you.
Parents who are going through a divorce or separation may experience extreme amounts of worry and anxiety in regards to the question of child custody, now known as “parental responsibilities” in the state. Parents, especially fathers, may also worry that the court will have a prejudice against them, giving the other parent the upper hand in a custody dispute.
The truth is, however, that both parents have an equal right to seek custody of a child, and who will be awarded custody is dependent upon a number of factors, such as who has provided care for the child in the past, the child’s preferences, the wishes of each parent, the health of all parties involved, the willingness of each parent to cooperate, and more.
You are encouraged to work with your spouse (or child’s other parent if you are unmarried) in order to create a parenting plan when separating/divorcing. Working together to form a parenting plan is ideal; not only does it put more power in your hands (if you cannot work together to create an agreement, a judge will make a determination on your behalf), but it can also minimize hurt feelings and conflict, and save time and money.
If you have questions, our experienced Wilmette child custody lawyers at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. are here to help. Do not hesitate to contact us today to learn more about seeking custody of your child.