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Child Custody

A Chicago Child Custody Law Firm for Parents and Children

Fighting for child custody can be expensive and emotionally exhausting for parents and children alike. If you are going through or have gone through a divorce, our lawyers can guide you through the custody process smoothly and with professional compassion.

If you have children, our lawyers will assist you to minimize potential impact on your children.

A Chicago Child Custody Law Firm for Parents and Children

Our lawyers are diligent and understand all of the nuances involved in divorce and custody cases. We have represented thousands of parents and children in child custody cases throughout Illinois, including Chicago, Wheaton, Arlington Heights and Barrington. The lawyers at Miriam Cooper’s office will walk you through all of your options, ensuring that we take the best approach for you in moving through the divorce and custody process.

Miriam Cooper represents both parents and children, often appointed by the court to serve as an advocate for the child (guardian ad litem or child representative). In this role, Ms. Cooper advises the court on the best interests of that child or children. Her attuned perception and insight, from her years of experience in custody, divorce, and visitation, cue her into the complexities that influence child custody awards. We are often able to avoid custody battles by crafting creative solutions that satisfy all parties and the court, such as shared custody and co-parenting, when necessary.

Joint Custody and Sole Custody

There are two legal forms of custody in Illinois:

•  Joint custody and sole custody. Joint custody gives both parents the rights to care for the children and make important decisions jointly on their behalf.
• Sole custody gives one parent the right to care for the children and make important decisions, while the other parent generally has rights to visitation. Terms such as residential custodian or primary custodial parent are often used in Illinois to denote the parent with whom the children reside. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act requires that custody be determined within 18 months of the date of service of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (divorce suit). The court will often appoint a certified child representative or guardian ad litem, like Miriam Cooper, and a psychologist or psychiatrist to evaluate the family in an effort to expedite the process. The cost for the appointment of these professionals may be apportioned to one or both of the parties.

How the Court Decides:

  • Custody cases are based on your ability to be a good parent, and not solely on whether your spouse is a bad parent.
  • Parenting time is not usually affected by whether the court awards joint custody or sole custody; the custody decree does not determine the amount of time the parents spend with the children; however, as one parent is designated residential or custodial parent, the children may be with that parent more then the other parent.
  • Sole custody determines which parent has authority to make the important decisions in the child’s life, such as which school to attend, what religion will be supported, and decisions affecting medical care.

Free Initial Consultation with a Chicago Child Custody Lawyer
Call our office today at (847) 995-8800 to speak with one of our lawyers to discuss how we can help you resolve your legal issues. We can work together to get you the relief you need.