Child Custody & Visitation

Orland Park, Illinois Child Custody Attorneys Fight for Parental Rights

The right attorney helps you maintain meaningful contact and loving relationships

Child custody is one of the most important and most sensitive issues pertaining to a divorce, and unfortunately, the attitude of many Illinois courts can make custody disputes more contentious. Illinois has been criticized for resisting legislative reforms that would create a presumption that joint custody is preferable, so disputes over custody in our state can become protracted and expensive “winner-take-all” contests. At The Palmisano Law Group, we always aim to reach amicable child custody agreements. Our decades of family law experience have given us the knowledge and skills to draft parenting and joint parenting agreements that truly promote the best interests of your children. But because settlement is not always possible or appropriate, we remain prepared to litigate in court to assert your parental rights and to fight for your children’s welfare.

Traditional views of parenting still guide Illinois family courts

Although the Illinois courts are bound to make custody decisions based on the best interests of the children, many judges still hold to a very traditional view of the mother as primary caretaker and favor mothers as sole custodians. This can be problematic for active and involved fathers who suddenly find themselves reduced to visitors, as well as for working mothers with demanding careers who would be well-served with a joint custody arrangement.

Our experienced attorneys help parents who may be dealing with their own anger over the divorce and other ancillary issues, such as alimony, to focus on what is truly best for their children and build a basis for positive co-parenting with their soon-to-be ex-spouse. We aim for cost-effective, negotiated parenting plans that address your unique family circumstances. Negotiating a settlement for child custody is usually preferable, since it puts the parents, rather than the judge, in control of the outcome.

Factors for deciding child custody in Illinois

Under Illinois law, the court must consider the following factors when determining if a custody arrangement is in the best interest of the child:

  • The wishes of the child's parent or parents
  • The wishes of the child
  • The interaction and interrelationship of the child with the parents, siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child
  • The child's adjustment to the home, school and community
  • The mental and physical health of all individuals involved
  • Any physical violence or threat of physical violence by the child's potential custodian
  • The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child
  • Whether one of the parents is a sex offender
  • The terms of a parent's military family-care plan if a parent is a deployed member of the armed forces

If you have concerns regarding your child’s welfare based on these and other factors, we work diligently to help ensure that your final custody order fully addresses those issues.

Contact the right attorney for child custody disputes in Orland Park, IL and vicinity

Choosing the right attorney to manage your child custody litigation is the key to a cost-effective resolution. The Palmisano Law Group works to obtain manageable, beneficial parenting plans. Call The Palmisano Law Group today at 708.966.4311 or contact us online to schedule a free 60-minute consultation.