Child Custody Lawyers Serving DuPage County
Experienced Elmhurst Child Custody Attorneys
Children are often thrust squarely in the middle of adult problems such as divorce, and have little input as to the outcome of the divorce and custody matters. Our DuPage County child custody attorneys understand that emotions can run high during child custody cases. We also believe there is simply no substitute for experience and thorough knowledge of the Illinois family legal system when you are choosing a child custody lawyer. Attorneys Ausaf K. Farooqi and Naveed S. Husain use their extensive knowledge of Illinois family law and experience helping many clients with the same concerns on your behalf. We work within the parameters of Illinois laws to negotiate the most beneficial custody and visitation agreement for you and your children.
Facts Regarding Illinois Child Custody
While there are many different parenting and custody arrangements, our attorneys seek to construct your particular arrangement to your family's unique needs. At the Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we will work within the Illinois standards of the best interests of the children while ensuring your rights are thoroughly protected at every turn. The emphasis on current custody decisions is not a determination of which parent is the best parent. Rather, the final decision focuses on the child’s best interests when weighed against the following factors:
- The past and current interactions and relationship of the child with each parent;
- The child’s past and current interactions and relationships with siblings, grandparents, and others who impact the child’s life;
- The child’s current home, school and community, how those could be changed, according to the custody decision, and how those changes would affect the child;
- The physical and mental health of all those involved;
- What the child wants, if the court determines he or she is sufficiently mature to express those wishes;
- The wishes of the parents—to an extent—as to who will have primary custody of the child;
- An assessment of which parent has been the primary caretaker throughout the child’s life;
- Any history of domestic violence on the part of either parent; and
- The willingness of both parents to foster a secure, warm relationship between the child and the other parent.
The court may decide what level of influence these factors and others will be given when making its decision. However, Illinois statutes clearly state a parent’s conduct may not be a consideration unless that conduct has a direct bearing on the parent’s relationship with the child.
Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody
The Illinois courts differentiate between physical and legal custody. Physical custody determines where the child lives the majority of their time. Legal custody allows parents to make essential decisions, such as which school the child will attend, what religious training the child will undergo, and what medical care the child will receive. Courts can award joint legal custody, joint physical custody, a combination of the two, or sole custody with visitation rights. Both parents must be able to cooperate effectively and consistently in matters which affect joint parenting when joint custody is awarded. If the parents are absolutely unable to cooperate in matters directly related to the child, then sole custody may be appropriate. Even when sole custody is awarded, the other parent will almost always be given visitation rights.
Hinsdale Child Custody Lawyers
The attorneys at the Farooqi & Husain Law Office are highly sensitive to your feelings involving anything which affects your children and their future. Our DuPage County child custody attorneys are skilled negotiators who will work hard to help you work out a parenting plan which is fair to all those involved—as well as one which will adapt as your children grow up and their interests change. Our significant knowledge of Illinois laws regarding child custody works in your favor and, when negotiations fail, we are highly skilled litigators. Contact us today at 630-909-9114 for a comprehensive evaluation of your child custody issue. We serve clients in DuPage County and Cook County.