Wheaton, IL Child Custody Attorneys
Lawyers for Allocation of Parental Responsibility Matters in Roselle, Carol Stream, and Lombard
In a divorce, child custody matters are often the most contentious and hard fought. The emotional investment of parents sometimes makes it difficult to find a mutually acceptable solution. Negotiating or litigating these very sensitive matters requires an attorney who understands the delicate nature of allocation of parental responsibilities proceedings, and has the skill and experience to provide effective advocacy.
At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys are highly experienced in handling all types of matters related to parental responsibilities. Whether you are seeking to negotiate an amicable co-parenting arrangement or expect a fight for your parental rights, we have the knowledge and skill to assist you.
A negotiated settlement is the goal to save everyone time, expense, and conflict, but that mutually accepted settlement is not always possible. Sometimes, child custody and parental responsibility matters must be taken before a judge. Our attorneys have successfully resolved a wide variety of child custody matters both in and out of court including those related to:
- Sole vs. joint custody;
- Child visitation (parenting time);
- Child relocation or removal; and
- Grandparent visitation.
Child Custody and Parenting Plans in DuPage County
When dealing with child-related matters, the top priority is always the best interests of the child(ren). Our attorneys always seek to resolve these matters as quickly and painlessly as possible. Negotiating an amicable resolution that preserves a positive co-parenting relationship is the best-case scenario. We are skilled in drafting and negotiating parenting agreements that address all of the important issues including:
- Living arrangements;
- Health care decisions;
- Educational and child care choices;
- Household rules (i.e. bedtimes, screen time limits);
- Extracurricular activities of the child(ren);
- Parental responsibilities; and
- Emergency decision-making guidelines.
A comprehensive and effective parenting agreement can prevent parenting disputes in the future, and help maintain a positive relationship between parents and children. While a negotiated parenting plan is preferred and encouraged by law, we understand that some parenting disputes require litigation to achieve a resolution. We are always prepared to argue aggressively for our clients’ rights and the interests of their children in court.
Helping Illinois Families Move Forward
Recent changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act have created a new understanding of child custody and parenting duties in Illinois. Going forward, new orders under the law will no longer establish sole or joint custody arrangements, and neither parent will be known as a custodial or non-custodial parent. Instead, each parent will, by agreement or by order of the court, be allocated certain parental responsibilities regarding the child. The specific authority of each parent will be dependent upon the circumstances of the particular family. Similarly, parental visitation is now known as parenting time, and is a presumed right of every parent, unless time with that parent presents a danger to the child.
If you are involved in a child custody or parental responsibility dispute or need assistance resolving a child-related matter of any kind, contact us at 630-462-9500630-462-9500 to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling sensitive child custody matters, and we are dedicated to finding resolutions that protect our clients’ interests and the interests of their children. From our office in Wheaton, Illinois, we work with clients throughout DuPage County and the surrounding areas.