Questions about child custody and visitation arise in divorce and dissolution of marriage as well as when establishing paternity/ parentage. Often, the final outcome of a child custody hearing will be greatly influenced by what happened earlier in the case — during the period of separation. It is critical to manage a case correctly from the outset.
At Michael L. Lodermeier P.C. we protect the rights and relationships of mothers, fathers and children. We care about children and their families and we work hard to ensure that parents find ways to work together for the best interest of their children. We can assist you with every aspect of your child custody and visitation matter, as well as answer questions about Illinois child support and grandparents’ rights to visitation.
Child Custody Arrangements
At the time of your divorce or parentage action, a child custody determination will be made. Based upon an assessment of each parent’s capabilities and involvement and the needs and best interests of the child, a child custody order will establish who will have legal custody (decision-making authority) and residential custody (who has physical responsibility for the child’s care). Various arrangements are possible, including sole physical and legal custody, joint custody where one parent is designated the residential parent and shared residential custody.
Throughout the proceedings, Michael L. Lodermeier, P.C. role as your child custody lawyer is to develop a clear and compelling case to highlight your capabilities as a parent. Our firm can also help you access expert resources when needed to build a strong case for custody.
Child Visitation and Parenting Schedules
Child visitation and parenting schedules must accommodate the needs of both parent and child. By taking the time to understand your unique family situation and your child’s needs, we can help you secure a detailed parenting time schedule that minimizes the chance for conflicts and misunderstandings.
Modifications to Custody or Visitation Schedules
A modification to custody judgments or visitation schedules is often needed to accommodate changing circumstances and a child’s changing needs. If circumstances change at work or at home, injury, illness, a new job requires relocation, or it becomes clear that a former partner is an unfit parent, your existing child custody agreement may be unworkable.