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Chicago Child Custody Lawyer Protects Your Parental Rights

Supportive counsel and aggressive court representation by the child custody attorneys at the Arami Law Office

Many states have adopted laws that make joint custody the presumptive choice for family courts. However, Illinois has declined to follow suit, making it much easier for one parent to grab sole custody and reduce the other parent to the role of visitor. This presents divorcing parents with two narrow alternatives: negotiate a joint custody settlement agreement or face a contentious, high-stakes custody battle. At the Arami Law Office, we’re determined to uphold your parental rights. When a negotiated solution is possible, we work toward a manageable plan that benefits both sides. But when your spouse is set on undermining your relationship with your children, we fight hard for their best interests and yours.

Viable custody options available in Chicago

The term “custody” refers to particular rights and duties that a parent or guardian has regarding a child. The options are as follows:

  • Physical custody — A parent who has sole physical custody has the duty to provide for the physical needs of the child, including shelter, clothing and food. With joint physical custody, the parents share in these obligations.
  • Legal custody — This gives the parent authority to make decisions regarding the child’s healthcare and welfare, including those pertaining to education, religious instruction, and enrichment activities. Legal custody can be sole or joint. In the latter case, the court may award one parent final say when there is a disagreement or appoint a third party to arbitrate controversies.

The parties can negotiate a combination of physical and legal custody in a settlement agreement and work out any conflicts in mediation. However, if the court must decide the issue, it tends to favor sole physical custody by a primary caregiver, usually the mother. When one parent has sole custody, the noncustodial parent often must pay child support to the custodial parent.

Common conflicts and extraordinary options for child custody in Chicago

When a parent is awarded sole physical custody, the noncustodial parent is allowed parenting time, also known as visitation. Conflicts can arise when the custodial parent interferes with visits. A greater problem may occur when a custodial parent decides to move out of state or at a distance that creates hardship for the noncustodial parent. The court resolves relocation disputes based on the best interests of the child. There are also cases in which concerned third parties, most often grandparents, allege that neither parent is fit to have custody of the children. Our office has extensive experience with grandparents’ rights cases and representing aggrieved parties in disputes over custody and visitation.

Contact our Chicago attorney for effective child custody negotiation and litigation

Your relationship with your children is worth any fight. The Arami Law Office negotiates fair custody arrangements and litigates aggressively to protect our clients’ rights. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today at 312-212-1399 or contact our Chicago office online. We serve clients inside the Loop and throughout Chicago, Illinois.

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