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CHICAGO FAMILY ATTORNEYS, LLC: TOP CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEYS

At Chicago Family Attorneys, LLC, we know that dealing with child custody problems can be very emotional and complicated. Our child custody lawyers are here to assist you at every stage with expert advice, care, and individualized attention for your family. Our law firm is dedicated to providing support and guidance throughout your entire child custody case. Our team is committed to offering personalized assistance tailored to your family's specific needs.​ 

 

By hiring Chicago Family Attorneys, LLC, you are getting top child custody attorneys in Chicago, Illinois who represent clients in some of the hardest cases. With our legal knowledge, drive, and care, we show our clients that reaching a child custody arrangement can happen with the best family law attorneys by your side.

WHY HIRE CHICAGO FAMILY ATTORNEYS, LLC?

Our firm stands out for its deep knowledge and extensive experience in handling a wide range of child custody matters, including:

  • Allocation of Parental Rights

  • Parenting Time Arrangements

  • Orders of Protection

  • Relocation Cases

  • Child Support Issues

 

We are committed to representing clients in difficult child custody cases, ensuring that the best interests of your children are always our top priority. We represent unmarried parents, married parents, and even grandparents, advocating for appropriate time and relationships with children under Illinois law.

Our family law attorneys will provide expert legal advice and review all issues related to your case.

 

We will work with you to prioritize your child's mental and physical health. When you bring a strong case to the circuit court with our child custody attorneys, you prioritize your child's well-being. Your child's best interests are the focus when you work with us. As one of the best child custody law firms in Chicago, Illinois, you can gain peace of mind.

OUR APPROACH TO CHILD CUSTODY CASES

Understanding that every family's situation is unique, we take a well-rounded approach to resolving child custody issues. Our strategies may include:

  • Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution: Encouraging cooperation and fostering healthy co-parenting relationships.

  • Therapy & Expert Witnesses: Utilizing child psychologists, Guardians ad Litem, and other experts to present comprehensive cases to the court.

  • Litigation Plans for Contentious Cases: Crafting thorough litigation strategies to protect our clients' interests and ensure the well-being of the minor child.

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ALLOCATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS IN ILLINOIS

In Illinois, allocation of parental rights, also known as child custody, is determined based on the best interests of the child. The law recognizes two main components: decision-making responsibilities and parenting time.

Decision-making responsibilities pertain to significant aspects of a child’s life, including education, healthcare, religion, and extracurricular activities. Parenting time, on the other hand, refers to the schedule and conditions under which each parent will spend time with the child.

At Chicago Family Attorneys, LLC, we are well-versed in the intricacies of Illinois family law and aim to secure arrangements that foster a healthy and supportive environment for your child.

The court considers various factors when making these determinations, such as the child's needs, each parent’s relationship with the child, the child's adjustment to their home and community, and the willingness of each parent to cooperate in fostering a positive relationship between the child and the other parent.

Allocation of Parental Rights within the State of Illinois allows for parents to make choices with regard to medical care, education, extracurricular activities, and religious upbringing.

Our attorneys are committed to advocating for your parental rights while prioritizing the well-being and stability of your child.

CONSIDERATIONS WITHIN ALLOCATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS CASES

When determining allocation of parental rights cases, Illinois courts prioritize the child’s best interests above all else. This assessment involves evaluating a variety of factors to ensure that the final arrangement supports the child's physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Key considerations include:

  • The Child’s Needs: The court assesses the developmental needs of the child, including their emotional security, health requirements, and educational needs. The goal is to create an environment that best fosters the child’s growth and stability.

  • Parent-Child Relationships: Evaluating the existing relationship between each parent and the child is crucial. The court examines the bond, interaction, and level of attachment the child has with each parent to understand the family dynamics.

  • Adjustment to Home and Community: The child’s adjustment to their current home, school, and community is taken into account. Stability in a child’s living environment is considered essential for their overall development and well-being.

  • Parental Cooperation: The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the child and the other parent is carefully considered. Courts favor arrangements where both parents exhibit cooperative and supportive behaviors.

  • History of Domestic Violence or Abuse: Any history of domestic violence, abuse, or neglect is a critical factor. The safety and protection of the child are paramount, and the court will take necessary precautions to ensure the child's welfare is not compromised.

  • Parental Responsibilities and Accessibility: The ability and willingness of each parent to carry out their parental responsibilities are weighed. This includes the capacity to provide for the child's day-to-day needs and make sound decisions regarding their welfare.

  • Preferences of the Child: Depending on the child's age and maturity, their preferences and wishes may be taken into consideration. While not decisive, the child's voice can provide valuable insights into their feelings and desires.

 

At Chicago Family Attorneys, LLC, we approach each case with a meticulous eye for detail, ensuring that all relevant factors are thoroughly evaluated to present the strongest possible case for our clients. Our law firm is committed to achieving a court order or judgment that best supports the needs and well-being of your child while upholding our clients' parental rights.

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HOW TO GAIN CHILD CUSTODY IN ILLINOIS

Gaining child custody in Illinois involves navigating a complex legal process that prioritizes the child's best interests. Illinois laws make sure that children get care and support from both parents, even if they are not together. Here are the key steps involved in gaining child custody in Illinois:

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Understanding Legal Custody vs. Physical Custody:

  • Legal Custody gives the right to make important decisions about a child's life, like education, healthcare, and religious upbringing. Parents can share legal custody (joint custody) or one parent may be granted sole legal custody.

  • Physical Custody refers to where the child lives on a day-to-day basis. This can also be shared (joint physical custody) or granted primarily to one parent, with visitation rights for the other.

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Prepare A Parenting Plan Agreement

Courts often require parents to submit a proposed parenting plan as part of their custody case. This comprehensive document outlines how parental responsibilities and parenting time will be allocated, addressing key components such as living arrangements, decision-making authority, and visitation schedules.

05

Evaluating the Child’s Best Interests:

When making custody determinations, Illinois courts consider several factors to evaluate the child’s best interests, including:

  • The child’s wishes (depending on age and maturity).

  • The mental and physical health of all parties involved.

  • The child’s existing relationships with parents, siblings, and other significant individuals.

  • The child’s adjustment to their home, school, and community.

  • The ability of each parent to facilitate a loving relationship between the child and the other parent.

02

Filing a Petition for Allocation of Parental Rights

To initiate the custody process, a parent must file a petition in the Illinois court. This petition should be submitted in the county where the child resides. It's important to ensure that all required documents are accurately completed and submitted promptly.

04

Attend Mediation

Illinois courts may mandate mediation to help parents reach an agreement on custody and parenting matters. Mediation provides a neutral environment where both parties can discuss their concerns and work towards a mutually beneficial arrangement with the help of a mediator.

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Attending Court Hearings:

If parents can't agree on custody, they may have to go to court for a hearing if mediation doesn't work. During the hearing, both parents present their arguments, evidence, and witnesses. The judge will then make a decision based on the child’s best interests.

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Following the Custody Order:

Once the court issues a custody order, both parents must comply with its terms. This legally binding document outlines custody arrangements, including parenting time and decision-making responsibilities.

At Chicago Family Attorneys, LLC, we understand the emotional and legal complexities involved in gaining child custody. Our dedicated team of attorneys provides compassionate and strategic guidance to help clients navigate the process effectively. We advocate for arrangements that support the best interests of the child while protecting our clients' parental rights.

 

We work closely with clients to create custody agreements that help children feel stable, secure, and well taken care of. We are here to assist you at every step. We will provide the legal support necessary for your family to achieve the best outcome.

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53 W. Jackson Blvd.,

Suite 752

Chicago, IL 60604

312-971-2581

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