Child Custody Lawyers
When a couple with children decide to divorce or separate, child custody and visitation can be one of the most emotional and contentious issues to settle. Child custody lawyers provide guidance during child custody cases, which is always an emotional time for both parents and children. The main focus in any child custody case must always be on what is in the best interest of the child.
We are dedicated to our clients and the well-being of all children involved in a child allocation plan
Anderson & Boback are family and child custody lawyers with extensive experience in all child-related cases, helping our clients to determine the best child custody plan for all parties involved. We listen to your concerns and help develop the plan that is in the best interest of the child, relieving a lot of stress for the parents and the children.
Child Allocation in Illinois
Illinois family courts no longer determine "Custody Agreements" but rather "Allocation Judgments." These Allocation Judgments allow the parents to pick and choose, or allocate, which responsibilities that they will be responsible for as it relates to their child. One parent can now be responsible for school decisions and the other can be responsible for medical care. If the parents choose to continue sharing in those responsibilities, the agreement can be written that way as well.
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An experienced child custody and visitation attorney will help you determine the best child allocation arrangement that is in the child’s best interest. We understand that time with your children is one of the biggest causes of stress during divorce.
Allocation of Parental Responsibility in Illinois
The Illinois Marriage and Dissolutions of Marriage Act requires the establishment of a parenting plan to determine the allocation of parental responsibility regarding parenting time and decision making on behalf of the child. Issues addressed in a parenting plan include how all significant parenting decisions will be made, how much time the child will spend in each home, how they will be transported back and forth and how holidays and vacations are shared.
Child custody lawyers will help draft a parenting plan, which must be approved by the judge. When reviewing a drafted parenting plan, the judge will consider the following issues:
- The wishes of the child
- The wishes of both parents
- The relationship between the child, parents, and siblings that impact the child’s stability and happiness
- The impact of the parenting plan on the child’s happiness and performance in school
- The mental well-being and health of the parents and child
- Any issues of domestic violence
- Any issues of threats or child abuse
- Any history of sex abuse of either parent
- The willingness of the parents to encourage a relationship with the other parent
Once the child allocation plan is approved by the judge it becomes a court order that both parents must comply with and can only be altered with a legal modification. Don’t wait to get started on the plan that is in the best interest of you and your children.
Anderson & Boback are Experienced Illinois Child Custody Lawyers
If a child allocation plan cannot be reached through negotiation or mediation, formal settlement negotiations in court may be required. While we prefer to come to an amicable agreement, we are prepared to litigate in court as a last resort. Developing child allocation plans and establishing parenting time is always an emotional process, the last thing anyone wants is for the children to be caught in the middle.
We work diligently as your advocate during child custody cases. Don’t take any chances, work with experienced child custody attorneys to strategize the best parenting plan.
Anderson & Boback are routinely called upon by the courts to serve as child advocates, as we have extensive experience in child-related cases. The assistance from a well-established custody lawyer is vital to obtaining the child allocation plan you desire, that is in the best interest of your family.