Child Allocation Of Parental Responsibilities Factors In Illinois

Whether Illinois parents reach an agreement on child allocation of parental responsibilities, or a family court judge must decide, state law sets out a number of factors to consider. Ultimately, the children's living arrangements must be in their best interests. Parents need the assistance of an experienced family law attorney to advocate for their parental rights and look out for the children's particular emotional and developmental needs.

One Of Northern Illinois' Top Child Custody Lawyers

At Gauthier Family Law in Vernon Hills, Illinois, we know how important your children are to you. Our attorney, Michael Gauthier, has extensive experience in negotiating and litigating child custody disputes. He will work with you to reach a solution that creates a safe, stable and loving environment for your kids to grow up in.

Key Child Custody Factors

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act directs family court judges to consider "all relevant factors" in a child custody dispute, including proposed modifications of existing orders. Here are some important examples of factors specifically mentioned in the statute:

  • The wishes of each parent.
  • The child's wishes, taking into account their age, maturity and ability to express themselves.
  • How much time each parent spends taking care of the child.
  • How far apart the parents live.
  • The willingness and ability of each parent to put their child's needs above their own.

To prevail in a child custody dispute, you must present a persuasive case for your preferred custody arrangement. Michael Gauthier and the rest of the team at Gauthier Family Law will prepare a detailed case on your behalf to give you leverage in negotiations and in the courtroom.

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Gauthier Family Law offers free initial consultations on all family law matters. To schedule an appointment, please call our Vernon Hills office at 847-816-7781 or send us an email. We serve clients in McHenry County, Lake County and the surrounding areas.