When couples split up, there are many difficult issues that will need to be resolved. For most Illinois couples, no issues are more challenging than the ones that involve children. As a parent, you need to be ready to take action to protect your legal rights. Even if you or your partner are breaking up on relatively agreeable terms, you should still be ready to seek professional child custody help.
At the office of Demetrios N. Dalmares & Associates, Ltd., our compassionate Homer Glen child custody lawyers have the skills and experience needed to protect your parental rights. No matter the specific circumstances of your child custody dispute, our legal team is standing by, ready to assist you with your case.
In 2016, Illinois enacted major child custody law reforms. In our state, the term ‘child custody’ is generally no longer used in official proceedings. Instead, child custody and visitation issues are referred to by the term ‘allocation of parental responsibilities’. This is notable for a few different reasons.
To start, the language change reflects the fact that the state increasingly favors joint custody, and shared parenting. In addition, Homer Glen parents are also required to create a parenting plan. In essence, a parenting plan is a court-approved agreement or a court order that establishes each parent’s rights and responsibilities. Our Homer Glen child custody lawyers can help you craft a parenting plan that is truly best for you and your child.
Illinois operates under what is known as the ‘best interests of the child’ standard. As a parent, it is important that you understand what this means: family law courts will decide child custody disputes based on what the evidence shows will be best for your children. What you want is secondary. You need to be able to prove that you can provide a great environment for your child’s safety and their overall social development. Family law courts can look at many different factors to reach a custody determination, including:
At the office of Demetrios N. Dalmares & Associates, Ltd., our Homer Glen child custody lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of Illinois parents. If you are a parent who needs child custody advice in Will County, please call our office today at (708) 403-0200 for a free, no obligation legal consultation.