Chicago Child Custody Attorneys
Every parent deserves the opportunity to build a loving and lasting relationship with their children. However, when the parents are no longer happy together, the children of the relationship are often the ones who suffer the most.
Arguments, fighting, and even tension between spouses is felt by the children, and can leave them confused and upset, uncertain about what the future may hold for them. Children do not want to see either of their parents hurt or angry, and will often feel that they have to take sides, or that they are responsible for the discontent.
Many parents feel that they are doing the right thing by staying in a bad relationship in order to give their children an intact family home. However, research suggests that children of divorce are actually better adjusted and more capable of building successful long-term relationships than those who have been the product of an unhappy home environment.
Determining Child Custody
Many parents look at Child Custody as an all or nothing situation, and that simply isn’t the case. In Illinois, child custody is determined based on what is in the best interest of the child. This could be a sole custody by one parent, equal custody between both parents, or another shared responsibility arrangement.
Typically, an uninvolved third party, acting as Guardian Ad Litem, is utilized to help determine what would be best for the child. They will consider multiple factors, including mental health and other evaluators to determine the ability of each parent to provide needed support and care to the child. Their recommendations will be entered into the court, where a final determination regarding sole or joint custody will be determined at a custody trial.
How Can I Get Custody of My Child?
If you have been denied custody, or are working through the custody process for the first time, it is important that you select an experienced Child Custody Lawyer to assist you. They can not only fully explain the process for applying for custody, they can assist with all aspects of child custody. At Schondorf Law, we will go the extra mile to ensure that your child has the best possible future, with you playing a key role in their development.
Free Consultation with a Chicago Child Custody Lawyer
We are ready to help. Whether you seek sole custody, joint custody, or adjustments to your current custody arrangement, we are here to assist you every step of the way. Call us today at (877) 608-4514 for a FREE consultation!