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20 N. Clark Street
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Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: 312-345-9999

Schaumburg Office

1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-995-9999

Wheaton Office

400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Phone: 630-653-9400

Orland Park Office

15255 W. 94th Ave
Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Phone: 708-226-9904

Experienced Orland Park Child Custody Attorneys

Resolving child custody issues takes patience, judgment, and a firm knowledge of family law. Whether dealing with divorce or parentage litigation, the attorneys of Anderson & Associates, P.C. provide experienced legal assistance for all child custody and visitation issues. In many cases, these issues are settled by agreement and may require mediation. When parties cannot agree, the matter is decided in court by the final determination of a judge. Our attorneys are experienced with the process and are able to provide you with sound legal representation and guidance.

Family Law Alert: As of January 1, 2016, Illinois family laws regarding child custody and visitation have changed drastically. Read more about these updates.

Protecting the Best Interests of the Children

Child custody determinations are based on the best interests of minor children. A number of factors are considered when making such judgments. When deciding the terms of a child custody agreement, our attorneys will research and consider:

  • Which parent is the primary caregiver for each child
  • The extent to which each parent encourages a relationship with the other parent, as well as relationships with extended family and other significant persons
  • Any history of violent behavior by either parent and the likelihood of abuse or exposure to violence in either parent’s residence
  • Alcohol or drug abuse by either parent and the extent of impact to the children
  • The relative economic circumstances of either parent
  • Whether a parent has exercised visitation and complied with prior court-ordered child support payments
  • The children’s living arrangements in each parent’s residence
  • Other people who reside or spend time at each parent’s residence including other children, the parent’s new spouse, significant others, and other residents
  • The educational opportunities available to the children through the provision of either parent

There are other factors that may be considered when making decisions on behalf of the children. Our firm has a solid reputation for handling every aspect of child custody and we will work to promote and create mutual agreements that provide the best possible outcome for the children. At Anderson & Associates, P.C., we seek harmonious solutions for all family law matters and try to resolve matters peacefully outside of court. When a trial becomes necessary, we aggressively pursue the rights of our clients and protect the best interests of children, who cannot often articulate their needs.

Helping Clients Understand Custody and Protecting Parental Rights

When deciding on custody, the primary issue is whether one parent will have sole custody or two parents will share joint custody. In the case of joint custody, one parent will have residential custody.

With sole custody, the children reside with one parent. This parent is known as the custodial parent. The other parent is the noncustodial parent. The noncustodial parent has child visitation rights, while the custodial parent makes all of the major parental decisions such as education, religion, major medical, and at times, extracurricular activities. Sole and residential custodial parents are entitled to child support benefits from the noncustodial parent.

Joint custody allows for children to live with one parent, known as the residential custodian, but ensures that both parents have equal input for parental decisions. In the case of a disagreement, both parties must resolve issues through mediation before petitioning the court. Our attorneys will guide you through the custody process, answer any questions you may have and make sure you understand your rights.

Helping Clients Navigate Split and Shared Custody Determinations

In recent years, the concepts of split custody and shared custody have become increasingly popular. With split custody, each parent has custody of one or more of the parties’ children. With shared custody, all of the children reside with each of the parents approximately half of the time. Neither parent is designated as the residential custodian.

One reason for the growing trend is the changing roles of parents in our society. Parents are more open to sharing caregiving responsibilities and therefore favor split or shared custody. Of possibly greater significance, courts have held that guideline child support does not apply to split or shared custody arrangements. The court considers a variety of factors such as:

  • Parents’ respective incomes
  • Parenting time and availability
  • Location of residences and work sites
  • Parental cooperation
  • Age of the children

Shared custody can properly equalize parenting time, duties and expenses, but it is not always the best option. Custody should be determined based on the circumstances of each relationship, and we can help you determine the best custody situation for your situation.

If you need legal assistance with child custody determination due to divorce, parentage, or any other family law matter, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. The attorneys of Anderson & Associates, P.C. serve clients in Cook County, Will County, and throughout Chicago. Our South Suburban office is conveniently located in Orland Park.