Effectively Resolving Child Custody And Support Issues

Recently, Illinois changed its laws to emphasize the term "parental responsibilities" rather than "custody" when parents split up. If you are in this situation, you may be wondering what your legal options are and how best to proceed for the well-being of you and your child's future.

At The Law Office of Kevin W. Thomas, I assist divorcing clients in resolving a variety of divorce-related disputes involving the assignment of parental responsibilities (child custody) and support from my office in St. Charles.

Give me a call today at 630-485-8012 to discuss your particular circumstances during a free consultation. I also accept evening and weekend appointments if necessary.

How Does The Law Apply To Your Situation?

In Illinois, the court makes parenting time decisions based on what is in the "best interest" of the child. If the parents cannot agree on a parenting (custody) arrangement, a court will determine the arrangement for them.

A judge may assign responsibility to one or both parents, depending on how the parents can best meet the child's financial, material and emotional needs. The goal is usually to permit a child to have access to both parents while causing the least disruption to the child's life.

How this applies to your situation depends on many factors. For example, if you have a relatively amicable relationship with your ex-spouse, coming up with a parenting plan through mediation may be possible. In other cases, however, aggressive litigation may be necessary to protect your interests and your relationship with your child.

What Factors Do Courts Consider When Assigning Parental Responsibility?

Illinois courts weigh several factors when determining parental responsibility (custody). These include:

  • How successful the child has been in adjusting to new circumstances within the family, school and other groups
  • The quality of the child's parental relationships
  • Degree of existing responsibility by each parent for the child's care
  • The child's exposure to physical, sexual or substance abuse

I can discuss your individual circumstances with you in a free and confidential consultation. I will fight for your court-ordered custody rights, whether the situation involves your child or the child of a family member.

What About Child Support In Your Case?

Illinois child support obligations are determined using a specific formula. However, the exact amount of child supports a parent must pay — or will be ordered to receive — can vary depending upon personal and financial circumstances.

I advocate aggressively for parents and children concerning child support payments. I understand that most single parents find it difficult to provide for their children on one income. I also know mitigating factors such as unemployment, can limit a parent's ability to pay.

My goal is to do what is right for my clients, so their children receive the support they need. In pursuing this goal, I can help you seek a judgment, wage garnishment or suspension of a business or professional license against a parent who refuses to pay his or her child support obligation.

Conversely, I can assist clients in pursuing child support modifications when their personal and financial circumstances change. No matter how complex or contentious your situation is, I will guide you throughout the legal process until the matter is resolved.

Take Action Today

To arrange a confidential, no-cost consultation with my law firm, call my office at 630-485-8012. I also welcome inquiries via email.