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Wheaton Child Custody Lawyer

Law Firm Assisting With Allocation of Parental Responsibility in DuPage County

West Chicago Child Custody Lawyer

During a divorce, any issues involving the children of divorcing spouses can become highly contentious, but it is important for parents to always put their children's best interests first. As divorcing parents determine how to allocate parental responsibility (formerly known as custody) for their children, they need to understand their rights and responsibilities and if possible, they should work together to reach an agreement that is best for their family. At Anderson and Associates, P.C., our family law attorneys have more than 30 years of experience negotiating child custody agreements, and we can advocate for you and protect your children's best interests throughout the divorce process.

Changes to the Illinois Child Custody Law in 2016

On January 1, 2016, the laws governing child custody in Illinois underwent a significant change. Under this new law, child custody is now known as parental responsibility, and visitation is now called parenting time. The new law also eliminates the distinction between joint custody and sole custody, and instead defines different areas of parental responsibility (such as education, healthcare, and extracurricular activities) that will be assigned to one parent or shared between both parents. This law seeks to ensure that both parents are involved in their children's lives and encourage them to work together to provide for their children's best interests.

Factors Affecting Child Custody

While parents are encouraged to cooperate during divorce to reach an agreement on the allocation of parental responsibility, there are times when an agreement cannot be reached, and the matter must be left up to the discretion of a judge. When determining how to allocate parental responsibilities, judges will consider a number of factors, including:

  • The wishes of both parents and the wishes of the child (while considering the child's age and level of maturity)
  • The child's primary caretaker
  • Any history of domestic violence of abuse
  • Any drug or alcohol dependencies of either parent
  • The mental and physical health of the parents and the child
  • Both parents' financial circumstances and living situations
  • Each parent's willingness to encourage a relationship between the child and the other parent
  • The parents' willingness to cooperate with each other in raising the child

Our experienced child custody attorneys can help you understand how each of these factors will apply to your situation, and we will work with you to help you reach an agreement that allows you to provide the best possible environment for your children following your divorce.

Providing Legal Guidance to Meet Your Family's Needs

At Anderson and Associates, P.C., we can provide legal assistance in any child custody matters, whether you are looking to allocate parental responsibility during a divorce, modify an existing divorce decree to adjust to your family's changing needs, or enforce a divorce judgment related to child custody, child support, or parenting time. Our compassionate, knowledgeable attorneys will help you understand your rights and advocate for your children's best interests. Contact a Wheaton divorce attorney today at 630-653-9400 today to set up an initial consultation. We assist clients in Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Glendale Heights, West Chicago, Winfield, Warrenville and throughout DuPage County.

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