In awarding custody, Illinois courts are out to protect the best interest of a child. While in the past the “tender years presumption” favored mothers in custody determinations, equal protection concerns have afforded fathers equal consideration in these matters.
To discuss your family law concerns, please contact our Lake County child custody lawyers today. We will meet with you in a free initial consultation.
Illinois Joint Custody Lawyers
When determining custody, the court will consider the wishes of both parents and those of the child. Additionally, the court will consider the relationship a child has with each parent, who has acted as the primary caregiver, as well as the interaction with siblings. If there is a history or threat of violence and abuse, this will also affect how the court determines custody. Lastly, the court will evaluate how well a child is adjusted to his or her home, neighborhood, school, and larger community.
Regardless of custody, parenting time, or visitation, both parents should have access to the medical records of their children and have the legal authority to make medical decisions for them.
At Schlesinger, Strauss & Hoyt LLC, we understand that your custody agreement must fit with your occupation. Firefighters, pilots, police officers, musicians, and other individuals in similar employment cannot conform to a cookie cutter approach for their custody schedules. We will help you customize a plan that fits your schedule while also protecting your child’s best interests.
Illinois Divorce Law Revisions
There is always potential for changes of the divorce laws. We stay on top of these issues in order to protect your best interests and inform you of the actions you can take to protect your children as well.
Contact Our Lake County Illinois Child Custody Lawyers Today
If you are facing child custody matters in Illinois, do not hesitate to contact a Lake County child custody lawyer at our law firm today. We will create a parenting plan that works for your unique situation.
[review2 author=”Amy” reviewbody=”He achieved the impossible for me. I came to Michael with the hopes of revoking my daughter’s father’s parental rights. I was coming to the end of a 2 year restraining order my daughter and I had against him and did not want him returning into our lives. I told Michael my intentions and he was very straight forward letting me know it is almost impossible to take away parental rights without the other parents’ consent. Michael knew exactly what orders we needed to put in place to take away any control her father had, and he fought very hard for me in court for the large amount of back pay he owed me. Michael was always very on top of everything, sending me petitions he had written up the same day we were in court and filing them quickly. He responded to all my emails within the same day and explained things to me in a way I could understand. He never stopped putting pressure on my daughter’s father and eventually her dad gave up and agreed to relinquish his parental rights. I never would have been able to get this achieved without his help and expertise. He knows the ins and outs of family law and I would 110% refer him to family and friends. He has made it possible for my daughter to be adopted by my husband who has been a father figure for her, and she will have a positive role model to look up to now as she grows. I couldn’t have been happier with the service Michael and his law firm provided us.” itemreviewed=”Michael S. Strauss” reviewdate=”2017-11-04″ rating=”5″ stars=”★★★★★”][/review2]