Chicago Child Custody Attorneys
When the issue of divorce arises within a family, the main determining factor is often what will happen with the children. Bringing children into the divorce equation can lead to many sleepless nights of worry and concern. No parent wants to lose their child, and many will stay in bad marriages because they feel that it is better for their children. However, with the assistance of an experienced Child Custody Attorney, you can start to build a plan for your life that accounts for the happiness of your children, and your own personal happiness as well.
Dispelling the Happy Home Myth
‘Staying together for the kids’ is the top reason I hear for choosing to stay in a bad relationship. What many couples don’t realize is that an environment fraught with arguments, anger, and unhappiness is far more damaging to a child than dealing with a split home. You are the example that your children will remember when they are trying to build happy, healthy relationships for themselves as they grow and mature. This is a major consideration that many parents overlook when deciding if divorce is the right step for them and their family.
Many people find that they are much better able to connect with their children on a real level after divorce because they are finally free of the burden of ‘putting on a show’. Many children are actually relieved when the air is finally clear and divorce is brought to the table. They don’t want their parents to be unhappy, and can often misinterpret the anger that they sense around them as being directed at them. By being open with your children, explaining what is happening and why, and reassuring them that they will still have a relationship with both parents will go along way to building a healthy relationship with your child long term, even through divorce.
Determining Child Custody
In Illinois, child custody is determined by the best interest of the child. This often includes working with a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to help determine whether joint or sole custody is best, and what the ideal custody agreement would look like, and can include mental health evaluators to determine the capacity for care by the individual parents. It will then be decided by the courts if sole custody or joint custody is best for the child or children in question, done at a custody trial.
Free Consultation with an Experienced Child Custody Lawyer
We can assist you with all aspects of child custody, including obtaining sole or joint custody, parenting responsibility, or in contesting custody decisions.
Call us now at (312) 313-9578 for a Free Consultation to discuss your needs and how we can help.