The City of Good Neighbors is the largest “village” in the United States. Arlington Heights was a very sleepy town until around 1960 when the population began to grow significantly. So, Arlington Heights began to grow at about the same time the American family began changing. These alterations have continued. Today, what seemed revolutionary in family law a generation ago is essentially routine.
At the Andrea Heckman Law, we work hard to keep abreast of the changing laws in this area. We also stay on top of the latest developments in child psychology, so we can effectively represent our clients. That representation includes both aggressive advocacy in court and solid legal advice that your family can count on.
In the 19th century, women had basically no legal rights. So, divorced men almost always received full physical and legal custody of their children. In the 20th century, the pendulum swung in the opposite direction. Most courts applied the “tender years” doctrine and sent children to live full-time with divorced mothers, sometimes with no questions asked.
Today, because of the changing nature of the American family, family law has changed as well. These changes mean new issues in parenting time disputes. Some of them include:
Generally, even serious issues like these can be resolved outside a trial setting, as outlined below.
In many ways, disputes like the ones described above never go away entirely. They may lie dormant for months or even years, but sooner or later, they come back to the surface. So, at the Andrea Heckman Law, we do more than resolve today’s dispute. We also give Arlington Heights families the tools they need in the future.
That is why we encourage family law mediation whenever possible. Mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution save millions of dollars in legal fees each year. These processes are also private and therefore more civil than trials. Finally, mediation gives people more control over the outcome. At the same time, mediation empowers families to resolve disputes on their own.
In most Cook County mediations, a retired judge or unaffiliated family lawyer conducts shuttle diplomacy between the two parties. The parties wait in separate rooms during this process, so there is little or no emotional drama.
Disputes are almost inevitable in child custody cases. For a free consultation with an experienced family law attorney in Arlington Heights, contact the Andrea Heckman Law Convenient payment plans are available.
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.
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.