In the 1950s, when Hoffman Estates first began growing, divorced fathers usually got full custody of the children, largely because women had few economic rights in those days. In the 1970s, during a second spurt of growth, the pendulum had swung the other way. Because of the tender years doctrine, divorced fathers usually got only limited visitation rights, at best. Today, co-parenting is the norm. Both parents have important roles to play in the lives of their children.
While family law has changed over the years, the methods we use at the Andrea Heckman Law. are largely the same. Our Hoffman Estates child custody attorneys research the facts, apply the law, and then tenaciously fight for you. Through it all, we keep the best interests of your children in mind as we uphold your legal and financial rights.
Under Illinois law, child custody divisions must be in the best interests of the children. Most parents agree on this broad principle, but they disagree about the specifics. So, the law also sets forth a number of factors to consider in this area. Some of them include:
Other factors include the abilities of each parent and any agreements between the parties.
For the most part, the aforementioned factors help determine the residential and non-residential parents. The parenting time division itself is another matter.
In many cases, the traditional every other weekend/every other holiday arrangement works very well. However, such a division usually results in about a 70-30 split. Under Illinois’ new co-parenting law, such a division may be too unequal. Some other possibilities include:
For the most part, these alternatives usually work if the parents live relatively close together and get along reasonably well.
Child custody divisions must always reflect the best interests of the children. For a free consultation with an experienced child custody attorney in Hoffman Estates, contact the Andrea Heckman Law
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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.