Chicago Attorneys for Mothers' Rights Help with Child Custody & Visitation
For many women, the issue of child custody is the single most important―and stressful―aspect of divorce. Clients often come to us with the following concerns: how can I be sure that I will get custody of my children? Is there anything I can do to limit my spouse's involvement in my child's life? Can my ex and I remain equally involved with raising our child?
The Women's Divorce & Family Law Group offers experienced and dedicated legal representation to mothers throughout the Chicago metro area who are going through a divorce or dealing with a custody dispute of any kind. We understand the specific factors that come into play when the family courts determine child custody, and can help seek the custody arrangement you are hoping to achieve.
Illinois Child Custody Law
In Illinois, there are two components of custody. "Legal custody" concerns the right to make and be involved in major decisions related to a child's education, religion and health care, while "physical custody" refers to the routine daily care and residence of a child. In evaluating and deciding custody, a court's primary consideration is "the best interest of the child," which is determined by considering the following factors:
- The wishes of the child's parent(s) as to the child's custody
- The wishes of the child as to the child's custodian
- The interaction and interrelationship of the child with his or her parent(s), siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interest
- The child's adjustment to his or her home, school and community
- The mental and physical health of all individuals involved
- Physical violence or threat by the child's potential custodian, whether directed against the child or someone else
- The occurrence of ongoing abuse, whether directed against the child or someone else
- The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child
Other factors considered by the courts include:
- The sufficiency and stability of the parties' homes and surroundings
- The interaction and relationship of the child to his parent(s) and the child's adjustment to his home
- The relative economic positions of the parties
- Whether a party is current with child support obligations
Establishing child custody directly affects the amount of child support you may be entitled to receive from your ex-spouse. We can help ensure that you receive the financial support you need to meet your parental obligations, and will assist in all related family law matters simultaneously.
In shared custody situations, a visitation schedule outlines how time will be divided between a mother and father. Generally, court-ordered visitation plans allow the noncustodial parent to spend every other weekend as well as some weekdays and certain holidays with the child, but parents can submit other visitation arrangements for the court's approval. We help clients establish visitation schedules that meet court requirements and fulfill the needs of parents and children.
In some instances, a parent may unreasonably restrict a grandparent's access to his or her grandchild, or a grandparent may be his or her grandchild's primary caregiver. Our attorneys can help grandparents seek visitation rights or obtain legal guardianship of grandchildren. We can also help parents retain custody of their children in contested situations.
Contact Us for More Information about Child Custody & Visitation in Illinois
Custody is an extremely complex area of family law, requiring the knowledge and expertise of a skilled family law attorney. Our lawyers possess the experience and sensitivity to handle even the most complicated custody matters. For a free initial consultation, please contact the Women's Divorce & Custody Group at our offices in downtown Chicago, Lake Forest or Lisle.