Joliet Child Custody Lawyer
Protecting You and Your Child in Custody and Visitation
Nothing generates animosity — and legal fees — like a full-blown custody dispute. You and the other parent may disagree strongly when it comes to your kids, but you can work this out. If you don't, you will be putting very important decisions in the hands of a judge.
I realize that custody of children is not the same as haggling over the house, the pension or the china. I also realize it's easy to get caught up in emotions and hard to keep your child out of the middle.
- I will help you determine what is most important to you.
- I will explain how to put your best foot forward to get what you want.
- I will help you define the conflicts and explore solutions.
- I will help you keep the focus on the best interests of your child.
- I will help you stand up to a controlling or unreasonable co-parent.
- I will help you forge a workable, lasting parenting plan.
- If we have to litigate, you will have an experienced trial lawyer on your side.
Understanding Custody and the Role of the Court
Many parents want "full custody" or "sole custody." The court is very reluctant to cut one parent out of the picture, except for cases of abuse, drug addiction, domestic violence or other threats to the child's well-being.
In most cases you will have joint custody — one residential parent with the other parent having regular visitation. Joint custody also means shared decision-making. The residential parent makes day-to-day decisions but must consult the other parent on issues about the child's education, health care and religious upbringing.
- If you agree who will be the primary parent, I can help work out the details of co-parenting. My goal is to preserve a healthy relationship between the non-custodial parent and the child, and cooperation between the parents.
- If you are fighting for sole custody or residential custody, I listen to the facts about your life and develop an overall theme about why it is in the child's best interests to live with you. The court may appoint an expert witness and order psychological evaluations, and Will County also has mandatory mediation. I thoroughly prepare my clients to take advantage of mediation, either to hash out an agreement or to build a compelling case if custody litigation continues.
Joliet Child Custody Attorney • Shorewood Visitation Attorney
A custody fight never ends. It is better to establish a framework for dealing with these issues until your child turns 18. I represent mothers and fathers in custody disputes in Will County, Grundy County and Kendall County. I offer a free initial consultation, including evening and weekend appointments. Call Andrew Boyer, P.C., at 877-466-0903 or e-mail me.