In Illinois, when a couple files for divorce, referred to as dissolution of marriage, and they have children, there will be important child custody decisions to be made.The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/403/), speaks to “any arrangements as to support, custody, and visitation of the children, and maintenance of a spouse.” The law looks closely at every custody petition and weighs a number of factors that impact the well-being of the child as the focus. If you are dealing with a child custody issue, you need qualified, dependable, and determined legal representation. The matter of your child’s future is far too critical to leave to inexperienced attorneys. The legal team at Mulyk, Laho, & Mack, LLC, is highly skilled in child custody negotiation. Our family law attorneys have the knowledge and experience that has brought repeat client business and confident referrals from child custody clients throughout DuPage, Kane, Will and Cook Counties.
Determining Child Custody in Divorce Cases
Specific to children in dissolution of marriage petitions, Illinois law says no divorce judgment “will be entered unless, to the extent it has jurisdiction to do so, the court has considered, approved, reserved or made provision for child custody” (750 ILCS 5/401, 2B). The court’s judgment, given all supporting information on each spouse and the living arrangements of each, is determined by what it perceives to be in the best interest of the child. It considers such factors as:
- The custody arrangement preferred by the parents;
- The child's preference of where to live;
- The relationship between the child and parents, any siblings, step-parents, and others in the home;
- The child’s adjustment to his or her home and school environment;
- The psychological, physical, and social health of the parents and the child;
- Any potential violence, or threat of violence, directed toward the child or any other person in either home;
- Whether either parent is a sex offender;
- Whether either parent is in military service; and
- The willingness and ability of the custodial parent(s) to foster a cooperative, consistent, close relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent.
Contact Dedicated Illinois Child Custody Attorneys
While maintenance and property settlements are often highly contentious issues in a divorce case, the appropriate settlement of child custody issues can also be highly contentious. Custody matters deserves the skilled legal representation Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC brings to every client. Our dedicated lawyers will discuss every aspect of your case, investigate every concern, and work to avoid the kind of confrontations that derail custody settlements.
If your spouse is willing to work out an agreement in mediation or arbitration, or a combination of both, we can prepare you for those processes. If you must go to court, we will use our years of trial experience at every hearing, and fight vigorously to protect your rights. Our goal is to reach the custody agreement that ensures your interest and the best interest of your child. Contact our offices at (630) 852-1100 for an initial consultation.