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Assertively Protecting Your Parental Rights

Reaching a mutually acceptable agreement on custody and visitation can be a challenge, but it is almost always better to keep these decisions within the family’s control if possible.

Child Custody lawyers In Will County And Dupage County

The legal team at the Blacha Law Office helps parents in Naperville, Joliet and the surrounding areas determine where children will live, how children’s time will be divided between parents, and how parents will make important decisions about their children’s upbringing following a divorce. We will help you determine the best approach and strategies for establishing practical parenting arrangements.

Determining Custody And Parenting Time

The term “custody” is sometimes misunderstood. Physical custody refers to day-to-day responsibility for children and where they live. Legal custody is the authority to make decisions about the child’s education, health care and religious upbringing. You can have shared legal custody even if your kids do not live with you.

We have helped parents pursue sole physical custody and sole legal custody. However, sole custody is not meant as a prize to be won. It is reserved for situations in which the other parent is absent, unfit or poses a danger to the child’s well-being.

More commonly, the court awards joint legal custody (shared decision-making) and some form of joint physical custody. This can be a 50-50 co-parenting arrangement, but usually one parent is recognized as the primary/majority parent and the non-majority parent is granted substantial visitation (parenting time). We will fight for your parental rights and help you make sound decisions that protect the best interests of your children.

Creating A Workable Parenting Plan

Once custody and visitation are determined, we help you work through the details of the parenting plan. This includes the weekly schedules, pick-up and drop-off, extracurricular activities, holidays and vacations, and other aspects of co-parenting. It may also address ground rules, communication and a forum for resolving parenting conflicts. A good parenting plan is thorough and clear but flexible.

From years of experience in custody litigation, our lawyers can help you anticipate the sources of friction to create healthy co-parenting arrangements that cover all the bases and allow your redefined family to move forward.

Also see our FAQ on Child Custody.

Solutions For Custody And Co-Parenting Disputes

Resolving a child custody dispute through litigation can carry a very high emotional and financial cost. The two sides tend to dig into their positions, making it harder to find a compromise that meets the needs of both parents and the children.

As both a family law mediator and a skilled advocate for Illinois mothers and fathers, attorney Monika Blacha is adept at helping parents prioritize the children’s best interests and find common ground. We believe that parents are more likely to abide by a child custody agreement when they have a role in creating it. However, if litigation is necessary to protect your children, we have the experience to take your case to court.

In addition to crafting a comprehensive parenting plan, we handle issues such as child support and post-decree modifications of custody or support.

Contact DuPage County Child Custody Attorney Monika Blacha Today

To schedule an initial consultation to discuss child custody and visitation, call 630-283-1987 or email the firm. We have offices in Naperville, Joliet and Chicago, and we serve clients in DuPage, Will, Cook, Kane and Kendall counties. We are also fluent in Polish.