Custody

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For many parents, the most pressing fear of child custody negotiations is the concern that the other parent will try to keep their children from them. This fear can actually prevent the parents from remaining focused on what is best for the children as they try to battle each other.

Buffalo Grove Custody Establishment Or Modification Lawyer

At Buffalo Grove Law Offices, we are committed to keeping the process directed at an outcome that is in the best interest of the children. We will reach a resolution as efficiently and inexpensively as possible, minimizing the drain on the family.

Mandatory Mediation Is The First Step

Unless both parents come to agreement regarding custody, the issue of custody must go through mediation before you can go to court on the issue of custody. The only exception to that is when a temporary custody decision must be made. This will allow both parents to come together in a facilitated discussion, both helping to decide how the children will be looked after and provided for following the divorce or in other cases not involving divorcing couples.

We will explain this process to you, providing the information and understanding that you need to approach mediation in a productive and informed manner. The custody process will include evaluations and interviews.

Most cases are settled before court, but if needed, we are prepared to represent your interests before the family law judge. The outcome of this decision and the amount of time you are granted with your children is vitally important, and we are committed to fighting for you and for the best interests of your children.

We will also help to negotiate joint custody and visitation agreements that best serve your family and allow adequate parenting time with both the mother and father, regardless of who was granted custodial or non-custodial rights.

Modification Of Custody Orders

No motion to modify a custody judgment may be made earlier than two years after its date, unless the court permits an earlier date because there is reason to believe the child’s present environment may endanger seriously his or her physical, mental, moral, or emotional health. However, after two years, the standard for the court to use is ‘the best interest of the child. This standard is the one that is also used in making the original custody order.

FORMER BOYFRIEND HAD NO STANDING TO BRING CLAIM FOR CUSTODY

The former boyfriend did not have statutory standing to bring a claim for custody of a minor adopted from Slovakia by his former girlfriend. The parties had never married, and they had taken no steps for the adoption to be recognized in Illinois. The father had not adopted the child, who remained in the custody of the adoptive mother. Illinois does not recognize the common-law standing of a nonparent to bring a petition for custody of a minor. In re Parentage of Scarlett Z.D., 2012 Il App (2d) 120266 (Aug 30, 2012) DuPage Co.

Contact An Arlington Heights Child Custody Lawyer

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss your situation and the options available to you, please contact our Illinois law firm today at 847-222-9429.

811, 2018

NO PASSPORT IF YOU OWE CHILD SUPPORT OF AT LEAST $5,000

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Child Support, Interstate and International Custody Issues|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The government is ordered to deny the passport application of a person who owes child support of at least $5,000. Eunique's marriage was dissolved in California. Her husband was awarded custody of the children. She [...]

2510, 2018

MAKE SURE YOU ARE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Child Support, Maintenance|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Former wife appealed from an order of the court.  She had been receiving $1,000 per month for unallocated maintenance and child support.  The court reduced that amount to $430 per month in child support.  She [...]

510, 2018

THE COURT MAY NOT SEE IT YOUR WAY

By | October 5th, 2018|Categories: Custody, Parenting Plans|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Court granted emergency motion of mother.  Father's parenting time was restricted due to his conduct during his parenting time with his 2 minor children. Father used profanity.   He spoke poorly of their mother.   He threatened [...]

2709, 2018

IF YOU DON’T AGREE, SAY SO LOUD ENOUGH

By | September 27th, 2018|Categories: Divorce, Parenting Plans, Step-parent and Grandparent Rights|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Wife filed for divorce.  They had an oral settlement agreement.  The Judge granted the divorce.  Wife appealed. Wife alleged that she was pushed into settlement by her attorney.  She alleged that she had no choice.  [...]

2109, 2018

PENALTIES AGAINST EMPLOYER FOR NOT WITHHOLDING

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Child Support, Financial Issues When Divorcing|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Ex-wife filed a complaint against ex-husband's employer.  She alleged that it knowingly failed to withhold money owed for child support and maintenance payments from his wages on 15 pay periods. The trial court assessed statutory [...]

2109, 2018

WHEN IS A JOB CHANGE NOT DONE IN GOOD FAITH?

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Child Support, Financial Issues When Divorcing|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Was husband’s voluntary termination of employment from Touche Ross done in good faith?  The test for good faith is: “whether the change in status was prompted by a desire to evade financial responsibility for supporting [...]