Illinois Child Custody Attorney
Whether you are going through a divorce or are trying to negotiate custody, your children’s needs are a priority when it comes to determining the division of parental responsibilities between you and the other parent. For this reason, we work closely with our clients to ensure that their concerns are addressed and taken into consideration during custody proceedings.
We work hard to amicably resolve issues pertaining to custody and the division of parental responsibilities in Illinois. It is important to remember that every state has its own process for determining custody and the division of parental responsibilities, and as such, the process in Illinois may differ from the procedures in the other 49 states. For these reasons, it is recommended that you hire an attorney that can help you navigate the court process.
One of the first steps in a custody matter is establishing parentage. This is when the Court enters an order declaring who the child’s father is. Parentage is established in a variety of ways, but one of the most common ways is through a DNA test between the father and child.
Prior to the Court making a Judgment in a custody case, the parties may attend court-ordered mediation. What this means is that the parties will sit down with a third-party mediator, who will attempt to work out the pending disputes between the parties and reach an agreement. Mediation often allows the parties to resolve issues that they may not have been able to conclude on their own. Further, it provides a guide for the parties when preparing a Parenting Plan.
A Parenting Plan is an agreed-upon guide that the parties prepare as it relates to the division of parental responsibilities. A typical plan will include the days and times when the non-residential parent has parenting time of visitation with the minor children and will list out certain protocols for making decisions regarding the children’s education, healthcare, religion, and extracurricular activities. If the parties are able to agree upon all issues related to parenting time and decision making, then the Parenting Plan may be entered as an Allocation Judgment by the Court, meaning the terms of the plan will be enforceable by the Court.
Once the parties have an agreed-upon parenting plan, the Court will enter those terms as an Agreed Allocation Judgment. If the parties, cannot reach an agreement, the Court may hold a hearing on the disputed issues and enter an Allocation Judgment based on the Court’s findings. We have successfully represented many clients in their custody cases and ensuring that their voices were heard in the courtroom.
If you have a custody matter and are looking to retain an attorney, please contact our office at 312-380-1070 or feel free to Live Chat us now, so our team can gather more information on you and your case.