Determining Children's Best Interests
In Illinois, child custody is determined by what is in the best interest of the child. It is not unusual, however, for each parent to have different ideas of what is best for the child. Whether your case is fairly straightforward or encompasses complex issues, it is best to have a lawyer to protect your rights and your relationship with your child.
Our attorneys at Lavin & Parisi, Attorneys at Law, are prepared to help you through any type of custody case, whether you are part of a military family, heterosexual family or same-sex family. We will also represent you at custody mediation, explain the mediation process to you and prepare you to put your best foot forward. Mediation is mandatory in many counties for custody disputes.
Considering The Allocation Of Parenting Time And Responsibility
Illinois courts now refer to custody and visitation as the allocation of parenting time and responsibility. Along with this change, courts default to awarding joint custody, except for instances when this may not be in the best interests of the child. This encourages parents to collaboratively decide on when each parent will have physical custody of the child and how major life decisions will be made.
Both parents agree to a parenting plan, which details:
- The current and anticipated needs of the child
- Who makes daily and critical decisions for the child
- Schedules for birthdays, holidays, school breaks and other occasions
- Transportation arrangements for the child
Parenting plans serve to continue and protect the parent-child relationship between both parents. When parents cannot mutually agree on a parenting plan, the court will rule on the best interests of the child. We can help you argue for the arrangements that are best for your family.
Grandparents’ Rights To Their Grandchildren
Grandparents and other third parties who wish to establish visitation or custody rights to children may do so in limited circumstances, such as when there is proof that a parent is violent, mentally ill or engaged in criminal activity. Grandparents may also have rights to visitation when a child’s parent is deceased.
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More In This Section:
- Child Custody
- Family Law
- Alimony/Spousal Support
- Post-Divorce Modifications
- Estate Planning