Entering into child custody discussions can be a stressful and emotional process for any parent. The laws and regulations surrounding such cases can often appear complex, particularly when it comes to differences between married and unmarried couples. Andrea Heckman Law aims to shed light on child custody laws in Illinois, with a focus on the unique challenges faced by unmarried parents. Call our firm for a consultation where you can receive advice tailored to your specific situation.
Child custody laws in Illinois recognize two types of custody – legal and physical. Legal custody refers to the right of a parent or guardian to make significant life decisions for the child, while physical custody pertains to where the child resides. Ideally, parents share these responsibilities, but judges may grant full decision-making authority or sole legal custody to one parent under certain circumstances.
In the state of Illinois, an unmarried mother has sole custody of a child until paternity is legally established. This means she has full physical and legal custody, granting her the right to make major decisions for the child and determine where the child lives. On the other hand, in the case of divorce or separation among married couples, both parents typically share custody unless the court decides otherwise.
For an unmarried father to gain custody rights, paternity must first be established legally. This can be done through a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity or through a court order. Once paternity is confirmed, the father can petition for custody or visitation rights.
While the court considers various factors in determining custody arrangements, it’s important to note that Illinois law does not favor one gender over the other. Instead, the court’s primary concern is the best interest of the child, taking into account aspects like the child’s wishes, the parents’ wishes, the child’s relationship with each parent, and the parents’ ability to cooperate.
Child custody cases can be intricate and emotionally charged, making the role of legal representation vital. Andrea Heckman Law offers comprehensive services to help you navigate this challenging process. We provide clear guidance on Illinois laws, help establish paternity, and assist in crafting a persuasive case tailored to your unique situation.
While we cannot promise specific outcomes, we are committed to helping you understand your rights and options. We’ve had the privilege of assisting many clients in successfully establishing custody and visitation arrangements that best serve the interests of their children.
Understanding child custody laws and navigating the legal process can be daunting, especially for unmarried parents. However, remember that you do not have to go through it alone. Reach out to Andrea Heckman Law today for advice. We’re here to help you explore your child custody options and secure a positive outcome for both you and your child.
Walked in just for consultation, and in less than 45 days, my case was closed! Thanks to attorney Andrea Heckman, with all her passion and professional manner! Couldn’t be happier! Thank you so much for everything! Great attorney for all family needs! Thank you.
From the moment I walked in as a client to the end when everything was complete, I was very pleased with attorney Andrea Heckman, her knowledge, and professionalism! Her whole staff was always helpful. I would use them again if needed and refer them to everyone I know! Thank you.
Andrea Heckman has been my attorney helping/guiding/advocating for my children and I regarding my custody situation. We are in the process of working towards a more equal parenting schedule, and I have faith in her efforts and expertise to accomplish this.
I have used this office since 2018 and have nothing but excellent things to say. Andrea Heckman handled my divorce with no faults. Andrea is currently handling my child custody case and has been on top of everything! Andrea Heckman is an unstoppable force, and I would recommend her to anyone!
I could not ask for a better attorney to represent me during my case which is Andrea Heckman. Anytime I had any questions, I got a response in a timely manner. Andrea walked me through a very difficult time which was a divorce/child custody case. Andrea is very knowledgeable and motivating. The staff has been nothing but welcoming and professional. If I have to go to court for anything, I will definitely be giving this firm a call again.
Heckman Law is handling my divorce/custody. Andrea is very professional, knowledgeable, and responsive. She will take the time to answer and explain any questions you may have. She usually responds within a few hours. Honest about possible outcomes, whether it’s good or bad news. My ex doesn’t want to negotiate or cooperate with anything. Andrea is willing to fight in the courtroom for you. The case is ongoing.
I was represented by Andrea Heckman, and if it wasn’t for her, I would have been so lost. She guided me through my difficult situation. Some lawyers are about money. I knew that Andrea cared about me and my situation.
Ms. Heckman is a great lawyer. She helped me get time with my daughter when my ex was being nasty and refusing to let me see my baby. I thank her for all her hard work.
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Please contact our law office in Rolling Meadows for legal assistance with divorce, child custody, or visitation issues. We serve clients in the Chicago metropolitan area who need the help of an experienced and dedicated family law attorney.