Child custody is one of the most sensitive aspects of any Illinois divorce or separation. While both parents typically want what is best for the minor child(ren) in the home, each parent may have a very different idea of what they consider to be “best.” This can cause a great deal of tension and discord during a divorce, and can be very hard on children, especially those who are old enough to somewhat understand what is going on.
Factors That DuPage, Kendall and Kane County Courts Use to Determine Custody
Illinois courts will always make a custody ruling based on what they believe to be in the best interests of the minor child(ren). There are many factors that will be considered when making such a determination, including:
- The ability of both parents to financially, physically, and emotionally support the child
- The relationship and interaction each child has with each parent
- The stability offered by each parent’s home environment
- The location of the child(ren)’s school
- The employment situation of each parent
- The number and age of minor children
- Any history of violence in the home, whether towards the children or not
Types of Child Custody
There are two types of child custody – legal custody and physical custody. Typically, a spouse that is awarded physical custody will also be awarded legal custody. However, a noncustodial spouse can also be awarded joint legal custody, so he or she can share in the decision making process for issues regarding the child’s welfare, health and wellness.
Secure Solid Representation Immediately
If you are entering a divorce where child custody is going to become an issue, it is essential that you consult with an experienced DuPage county child custody lawyer as soon as possible following the decision to separate with your spouse. Jennifer S. Wiesner can provide you with the legal and emotional support you need to advocate for the best interests of your child(ren) and will guide you through the child custody process as smoothly as possible.
Attorney Jennifer Wiesner has a solid track record of success in Illinois child custody cases, and will apply her skills and knowledge to your case in order to protect your parental rights and the interests of your family. No one needs to go through the child custody process alone and with the help of Jennifer S. Wiesner and her legal team, you don’t have to.
Contact Jennifer S. Wiesner Today:
Attorney Jennifer Wiesner is available now to consult with you regarding your Illinois maintenance case. Contact the office today at (630) 562-2300 for a consultation to discuss your next move.