Child Custody & Visitation
Custody and visitation agreements, now referred to as parenting agreements, parenting orders and parenting time schedules under a change in the law, are best determined by first considering the child’s needs. In Illinois, the “best interest of the child” is the standard used by the courts in making custody and visitation decisions.
An effective custody agreement or parenting plan typically outlines decisions regarding:
- Where the child will live
- Time sharing, including overnights, weekends and holidays
- The child’s education
- The religious upbringing of the child
- The child’s health care
At Robert A. Chapski, Ltd., we have extensive experience representing parents involved in child custody and visitation proceedings. Our attorneys are familiar with the range of issues you are facing, whether you are going through a divorce or you were never married to your child’s other parent. We understand that legal matters involving children are particularly emotional and trying. We hope that our more than 50 years of combined experience and our proven track record of success provide you with peace of mind as we work to achieve your goals and create a plan that is in the best interest of your child or children.
Do You Have A Dispute About Time With Your Child?
Disputes over one or more of these items are not uncommon. At Robert A. Chapski, Ltd., we are experienced trial attorneys who are ready to take your case to court if a child custody dispute cannot be resolved through negotiation. Family law mediation is sometimes an effective option. If you decide to attempt mediation, our Kane County child custody lawyers can provide you with advice and guidance throughout the process.
What Is A Guardian Ad Litem?
The court may appoint a guardian ad litem to act as a child’s advocate in custody cases where the court is concerned for the child’s welfare. The guardian ad litem is responsible for conducting an investigation for the court. Our attorneys have experience advising parents throughout this process. Contact us to learn about and protect your rights.