Resolving Child Custody Issues

Child custody can be one of the most difficult issues to resolve for parents who decide to part ways.

Some of the most common reasons for this include the volatile emotions that often accompany the end of a relationship, the desires of each parent to have more time with his or her children rather than less, and even financial considerations associated with the issue of child support. Unfortunately, these factors can and frequently do lead to some very bad decision-making by moms and dads.

An experienced attorney who's committed to protecting your interests but also the best interests of your children can go a long way toward helping you find a better solution. For an attorney like that in Bloomington or central Illinois, contact Wright Law Office.

The 'Best Interests Of The Children' Standard

There are two types of child custody in Illinois: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is usually shared by both parents and essentially gives each parent the right to have say in major decisions regarding the children's welfare, which includes such issues as education, religion and medical care.

Physical custody can be shared or awarded solely to one parent. It refers to the right and responsibility for personal care of the children. Generally, one parent is awarded primary residential custody (along with child support) and the other is awarded parenting time (visitation rights).

Whether it's reached by mutual agreement or through litigation, child custody arrangements in any case must be resolved according to "the best interests of the children" standard. This standard essentially requires Illinois judges to consider several factors when reviewing shared parenting agreements or issuing a ruling in a contested divorce case.

In our experience, it's far better to take the initiative and work together on a solution rather than leave such an important decision to a person who doesn't know you or your children. Taking a cooperative approach to this issue will also save you a great deal of stress and money, and be far less likely to cause long-term damage.

We can help you get there.

Call 309-663-7200 or contact Wright Law Office online to schedule a $100 per Case Evaluation and consultation with divorce lawyer John D. Wright today. We feature reasonable legal fees and will work with you to schedule this meeting at a time and place that are convenient for you.

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