DuPage County Custody Hearing Attorney
Illinois Limited Scope Representation
In cases of divorce, custody of the minor children of the parties is one of the most commonly contested issues. When parents battle over the custody of their children, it can make life very difficult for everyone involved. Futures are at stake as the fate of the children is in the hands of the court. Custody agreements cannot always be reached amicably, necessitating a child custody hearing. During these hearings, parents argue their case for what they believe to be in the best interests of the child.
When a child custody hearing takes place, the help of an experienced lawyer is critical. Michael V. LoCicero, Attorney at Law has over three decades representing clients in child custody hearings in DuPage County, Cook County, and surrounding Chicago suburbs. Michael will guide you through each step of your case and give you solid preparation for your day in court.
In Illinois, the court may determine:
- Residential Custody: This is the place of a child’s permanent residence.
- Sole Custody: This enables one parent to decide how a child will be raised. This includes major areas, such as education, religion, healthcare and social activities.
- Joint Custody: This enables both parents to be more involved to decide the ways in which a child will be raised pursuant to the terms of a joint parenting agreement
There are many factors a court considers during the child custody hearing. These include:
- A child’s wishes as to which parent they want to live with.
- Whether or not the child has siblings living with either parent.
- Each parent’s employment and living situation.
- The presence (or threat of) physical violence by either parent.
- Relationship of the child to each parent.
- A child’s attachment or adjustment to home, school and community.
- The physical and mental health of all involved.
- Past criminal record of both parents.
Illinois courts do not rely solely on the wishes of the child. His/her wishes may be considered, but the child’s opinion must always be weighed with the other pertinent factors. At the end of the day, the welfare (or best interests of) the child is always the primary concern of the court in determining custodial arrangements of a child.
The custody of your children can have a major impact on both their present and future. With so much on the line, you need an attorney with the experience and compassion to effectively guide you through your child custody hearing. Contact Michael V. LoCicero, Attorney at Law today at 630-932-7007 for your free consultation. Our law office represents clients for family law cases in Cook County, DuPage County, Chicago, Elmhurst, Lombard, Oak Brook, Itasca, Hillside, and Darien.