Allocation Of Parental Responsibilities And Parenting Time (Child Custody And Visitation)

Perhaps the most important issues you will work through in divorce proceedings involve your children. Not only do you need to protect your rights as a parent, but you also need to preserve valuable relationships for your child.

Even if you are in a dispute with your spouse today, your child deserves to have a foundation for stable parenting from both parents when possible (i.e., if the parent does not present a danger to the child).

Illinois Divorce Law And The Value Of Parental Relationships

Historically, physical custody (the child's primary residence) preference has been given to mothers, but Illinois family courts have changed. They recognize the value of fostering positive relationships between parents and children, and encourage opportunities for joint parental responsibilities when it is in the best interests of the children involved.

At Steele Law Offices, LLC, we help our clients understand their rights as parents and how the decisions they make will influence their children. These may be adversarial matters, but you can do yourself a favor by working cooperatively through the process when possible.

Negotiating a settlement outside of court can keep the cost of divorce down and give you more control over the outcome of your case – a particularly valuable approach when your family has unique issues to consider, such as:

  • Living arrangements prior to divorce finalization: Who will live in the family home as property division agreements, child support and other divorce issues are being decided?
  • Joint custody versus sole custody arrangements: Will your child be able to split time evenly between both households? Do the parents' employment obligations require creation of unique and flexible parenting time schedules?
  • Legal custody and guardianship rights: Are there concerns about the fitness of one or both parents? Should a grandparent or other extended family member be pursuing custody and visitation rights in the best interests of the child?
  • Relocation, remarriage and post-divorce modifications: How will your current child custody agreements be affected when you get a new job, move to a new state or have another change in your family structure?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to these matters, but that is how a judge in court will often treat them. Work with attorney Randall P. Steele to make sure your voice is heard. He will take the time to answer your questions directly and protect your rights through every stage of the process.

Reach an experienced divorce lawyer at our office in Glen Carbon, Illinois, online or by telephone at 618-623-4358 (toll free at 800-694-1911) to learn more. We welcome your call.