When parents divorce, it can mean that the process is more drawn-out and complex because the best interests of the children involved have to come first. Child custody, referred to in Illinois as allocation of parental responsibility, is one of the highest-stakes issues that is dealt with during an Illinois divorce. To ensure that both you and your children benefit from a fair arrangement, having a Frankfort child custody lawyer on your side is critical.
Illinois, like most other states, makes it a matter of state public policy (that is, it is the aim of all state agencies) to act in the best interest of the child or children involved in any type of case, particularly when custody matters are at issue. While obviously, most parents want the best for their children, sometimes that makes them do things that may, in reality, be harmful. Because of this, you need an attorney who understands not only the general sense of a child’s “best interests,” but someone who also understands the legal specifics. Illinois law has a whole list of factors that a court will consider in deciding issues of legal custody (decision-making) and physical custody (parenting time).
Some of those factors include:
An experienced Frankfort child custody lawyer is aware of these factors and will be able to use them to argue for the best possible situation for your family.
Child custody cases can be relatively simple, or they can be extraordinarily complex, and you need an attorney on your side who will be able to roll with the proverbial punches, no matter what life may throw at you. This includes issues that may not necessarily fall within the normal purview of a divorce attorney, including domestic abuse and other criminal matters, addiction issues or anything related to parental unfitness, and LGBTQ issues – sadly, many non-heterosexual or transgender parents encounter issues when trying to seek parenting time, and our Frankfort child custody lawyers will stand up for your rights.
When these subsidiary issues are handled by an experienced attorney, this means that you and your co-parent can focus on helping your children navigate the actual divorce process. Moving to a new home, adjusting to living with one parent, and the like can cause psychological issues, especially in younger children, and only parents can reassure their children that they are still loved and that the changes in their lives are manageable. Our firm wants to make sure that your family is in good hands.
Any good parent wants the best for their children, and our firm of dedicated child custody attorneys will work hard to ensure that your family has the best chance to make it through the divorce process with an eye towards the future, instead of getting bogged down in the past. Call the firm of Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. today for a free initial consultation.
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In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Husband: Couple shared ownership in a business, resulting in complex property division issues. After investigation of the couple’s financial history, our client received a much more equitable divorce agreement than what was originally offered.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Mother: Father became aggressive and violent toward Mother during their separation, prompting her to seek full custody of their children. At trial, the court granted Father supervised parenting time only and Mother was awarded child support.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Husband: Couple had been locked in a contentious divorce for nearly three years and changed lawyers several times. Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. provided the experience and organization needed to resolve the case within months, avoiding a trial for our client.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Wife: Wife left a successful career to raise children. When Husband denied spousal support based on Wife’s previous earnings, Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. countered with evidence that retraining was needed, and our client was awarded spousal support.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Wife: Husband tried to intimidate Wife into a divorce settlement that heavily favored his interests by drawing out the case. Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Wife through trial, where she received an equitable share of marital assets.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Father: Mother began cohabitating with a new partner who made significantly more than our client. Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. successfully demonstrated that the new relationship justified a modification and obtained a favorable outcome through negotiation.