When couples separate, there are no issues that are more contentious than those that involve the children. If you are getting divorced or splitting up in Illinois, you need to be able to protect your child custody rights. Even if you are separating on relatively amicable terms, you must still remain proactive about protecting your parental rights.
At the office of Demetrios N. Dalmares & Associates, Ltd., our Orland Park child custody lawyers are ready to help. When it comes to child custody disputes, we never take a ‘cookie cutter’ approach. Our law firm is committed to giving each and every family law case the full and undivided attention that it deserves. To get immediate assistance with your child custody case, please contact us today.
As of January of 2016, the state of Illinois no longer uses the term ‘child custody’ in an official capacity. Instead, custody is now referred to as the allocation of parental responsibilities. Notably, Illinois law now mandates that divorced parents create a parenting plan. In the simplest terms, a parenting plan is just a legal document that lays out the rights and responsibilities of each party. As a separated parent, you need a parenting plan that fully protects your best interests. Our Orland Park child custody lawyers can help you negotiate with your former partner to craft a parenting plan that is truly the best fit for your individual needs.
Under Illinois law, family law courts are required to resolve child custody and child visitation disputes using the state’s ‘best interests of the child’ legal standard. This means that the court will look to approve a shared parenting arrangement that is best for the child’s overall physical and psychological well being. The preferences of the parents are secondary. To prevail in a child custody or visitation case, you need be ready to show evidence that demonstrates that you can provide the best environment for your kid. In applying the best interests of the child legal standard, Illinois family law courts will consider many different factors, including:
At the office of Demetrios N. Dalmares & Associates, Ltd., our Orland Park child custody lawyers are standing by, ready to hear your case. If you need child custody advice in Cook County, Illinois, please contact our office today at (708) 403-0200 to arrange your free, fully confidential legal consultation.