As parents, the health and welfare of our children is our primary concern. For families going through a divorce, issues pertaining to child custody, now known as Allocation of Parental Responsibilities, and visitation, now known as Parenting Time, can be particularly volatile, and among the most sensitive and stressful types of cases dealt with in the family court. At the SAM LAW OFFICE, LLC, we understand how important these proceedings can be, and we work with you to ensure the safety and emotional development of the children involved. For the parents, getting the proper legal representation can make all the difference in maintaining a close and loving bond with their child. Our experienced Cook County child custody attorney offers caring, compassionate legal service with the goal of protecting your rights as a parent, while ensuring your child’s best interests are provided for.
According to a report in Scientific American, as many as 1.5 million children are impacted by the divorce of their parents each year in the United States. While going through the initial process of divorce is traumatic for most children, the majority do recover provided that measures are taken to ensure that they get quality time to spend with both parents. At the SAM LAW OFFICE, LLC, our Cook, Dupage, McHenry and Lake County, Illinois child custody attorneys provide trusted, professional legal representation to assist you in handling the following types of situations related to child custody proceedings:
If you are dealing with issues regarding your children after a divorce, or facing a potentially contentious battle concerning child custody, it is important to be aware of recent changes regarding the laws governing these matters. Recent modifications to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) impact child custody matters in particular, by changing both the language as well as the procedures for determining custody and visitation rights. Under the new system, child custody is referred to as ‘division of parental responsibilities’ and instead of awarding visitation, the court oversees development of parenting plans, allocating both time spent with the children as well as legal rights when it comes to making decisions about matters concerning the overall health, well-being, and development of the children. While these changes were enacted with an eye toward obtaining the best possible outcome for children involved with these cases, and encouraging parental involvement, it is vitally important to have a strong legal advocate on your side to ensure the best interests of your children are being served. At the SAM LAW OFFICE, LLC, Attorney Susan A. Marks and her associate attorneys oversee each case, and we have successfully represented hundreds of parents in these types of matters. Our attorneys are well-respected members of the legal community throughout the area, representing clients throughout Cook, Dupage, McHenry and Lake Counties Illinois.
If you or someone you care about has children and is contemplating a divorce, or is involved in child custody issues with the family court, contact the SAM LAW OFFICE, LLC. Our experienced Cook County, Du Page, Lake and McHenry County child custody attorneys provide effective, efficient legal representation to protect your rights and interests as a parent, both now and in the future.
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