DuPage County Child Custody and Visitation Attorneys
Dedicated Child Custody and Visitation Lawyers in Wheaton
Child custody is frequently an area of dispute when divorce is involved. While it is ideal to work out a parenting plan in a collaborative setting, contentious child custody disputes often require the focus of an experienced family law attorney.
Are you looking to modify a child custody order or take any other action related to child custody? The lawyers at Beck & Houlihan, P.C. can help ensure you have adequate time with your child. Our attorneys can help parents with the emotional stress that is typically associated with child custody and visitation issues. With over 30 years of experience and a focus on methods of alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and collaborative law, our skilled family law attorneys have helped countless families with these issues. However, when necessary, we will bring your family matter to court, and litigate your concern. Our attorneys have extensive trial experience, and we are highly respected by the Judiciary and attorneys in the community.
Illinois Child Custody Laws
In child custody cases, Illinois courts apply as the standard the best interest of the child. In determining this, the court will take the following factors into account:
Child Visitation in Ilinois
According to Illinois state law, visitation can include both in-person time spent with your child and electronic communication as well. A parent who is not granted custody of a child is entitled to reasonable visitation rights, unless the court finds that visitation would endanger the child’s physical, mental, moral or emotional health. In addition, the courts may allow for grandparent visitation, great-grandparent visitation, and visitation with siblings. In determining whether to grant visitation, the court takes into account:
Modification of Child Custody Orders
Circumstances with families are constantly changing; children’s needs, parents’ schedules, perhaps even employment and income. Often times child custody and visitation agreements, need to be changed. In these circumstances, the attorneys at Beck & Houlihan, P.C. can help you seek the necessary modifications to your child custody and parenting issues.
Changes to Custody in 2016
Starting January 1, 2016, child custody determinations will be updated with an amendment to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Illinois Senate Bill 57 will end of sole vs. joint custody, and the courts will then focus on allocation of parental responsibility rather than determining a primary custodian. Responsibilities will be broken into categories reflecting different needs, such as medical, religion, and education. Both parents will share the different categories equally, or the responsibilities will be solely assigned to one.
Contact Experienced Wheaton Child Custody Attorneys
Our firm also handles child custody and parent disputes that frequently occur following divorce. Contact us at 630-933-9220 today. We serve clients in DuPage County, Kane County, and throughout Northern Illinois.
From our law office in Wheaton, IL the family law, bankruptcy and criminal law attorneys of Beck & Houlihan, P.C. represent businesses and individual clients throughout the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois including Wheaton, Naperville, Aurora, Oak Brook, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Elgin, Lombard, Downers Grove, Burr Ridge, Lisle, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace, St. Charles, Winfield, Woodridge, Warrenville and throughout DuPage, Kane, Cook and Will Counties.