1776 S. Naperville Road
Building B, Suite 202
Wheaton, IL 60189
630-462-9500630-462-9500
New client after hours number: 630-690-6077
Wheaton Child Custody Lawyer
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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:

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;
  • Religion;
  • Household rules (i.e. bedtimes, screen time limits);
  • Discipline;
  • 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.

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Rotary of Oak Brook
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • DCBA Law Firm of the Year
    DCBA Law Firm of the Year 2011, 2013
  • Office of the States Attorney 2006-2007
    Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney 2006-2007
  • Prosecutor 2012
    Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor 2012
  • AVVO Clients Choice
    Clients' Choice
  • I would highly recommend Tony Sammarco to anyone needing a divorce lawyer. He explained all my options to me and he made sure I understood the process. I am glad I had him there to help me through this difficult time.

  • Thank you doesn’t seem enough for all that Bill Stogsdill and Brett Williamson have done not only for me, but my children as well. When I first met both of these gentlemen, each presented themselves with such self-confidence. I instantly knew...

  • The Stogsdill Law Firm and I were able to obtain sole custody of my son. I am fortunate for the outcome and I am to be a father to my son. Secondly, my ex-spouse was awarded limited portion of the marital estate. Bryan Estes is more than an excellent lawyer...

  • Whenever my opinion is asked by any of my clients, friends or family regarding what law firm someone should use for their divorce my answer is always the same –The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. The kids and I are forever indebted to Bill and his firm.

  • Bryan's ability to listen and understand my situation and then offer his advice on how we should proceed was the main reasons I hired Bryan as my attorney. That was the best decision I made, for myself and my children. Bryan helped develop action plans as well as a strategy ...

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