Defending Child Custody

Experienced Child Custody Attorney Assisting Clients in Chicago, Illinois

Are you currently going through a divorce and need help to defend your rights to share parental responsibilities for your children? Under Illinois law (750 ILCS 5/), child custody is now known as the allocation of parental responsibilities. As such, the language of the statute is designed to move away from a contentious child custody system. Rather than awarding custody to one (or both) parents, the law now seeks to allocate parental responsibilities based on what is in the best interests of the child. However, this does not mean that one or both parents cannot feel the need to defend the right to spend time with and to raise a child from the marriage.

Whether you need assistance defending child custody in your divorce case or need an experienced Chicago child custody lawyer to help with your defense to a modification, an advocate at Arami Law Office can help.

Presenting Your Best Case for Shared Parenting Time and Parental Responsibilities

If you are expecting a difficult child custody case in which you cannot come to an agreement with the other parent over a parenting plan, then the court will allocate parental responsibilities under the law. Given that the court’s primary emphasis in allocating parental responsibilities will be the best interests of the child, it is important to be able to show that you are able to provide caretaking functions and to make significant decisions about the child’s upbringing.

Some of the factors the court can take into consideration can include, for instance:

  • Mental and physical health of all parties involved, including both parents;
  • Level of parent’s participation in making previous significant decisions about the child’s upbringing;
  • Willingness of each parent to facilitate a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child; and
  • Physical violence or abuse.

You may need help from a dedicated Chicago child custody attorney to prove that sharing parental responsibilities—or allotting primary decision-making responsibilities and caretaking functions to you—is in the best interests of the child. When the other parent makes allegations that suggest otherwise, you may need assistance defending your rights as a parent.

Defending Against a Modification of Child Custody Order

You also may need assistance defending against a proposed modification to your allocation judgment. Perhaps the other parent is seeking to move out of Cook County, or even out of the state of Illinois, with your child. Even if the other parent is simply seeking to change the way in which significant decision-making responsibilities are shared, you should know that you have rights as a parent and that you can defend against the proposed modification.

When the other parent is seeking a modification, a dedicated child custody attorney in Cook County can help to show that the modification will not be in the best interests of the child.

Contact a Chicago Child Custody Attorney

If you need assistance defending child custody, an experienced family law attorney in Chicago can help with your case. Contact Arami Law Office to learn more about our services.

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