Kane County Child Custody Lawyers
Attorneys for Allocation of Parental Responsibilities in Elgin, Geneva, and Aurora
For many divorcing parents, issues of child custody (or allocation of parental responsibilities) are among the most difficult to resolve. At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we understand the importance of settling such matters through cooperative means such as mediation whenever possible. When a negotiated agreement cannot be reached, however, we are prepared to advocate on your behalf in court as well.
Skilled Attorneys Who Know the Law
For many years, parents going through a divorce in Illinois could agree to—or the court could order—a sole custody arrangement or a joint custody situation. These designations referred to the rights of a parent to make significant decisions regarding the child's life. A parent with sole custody had full authority to do so, while the responsibility was shared between parents with joint custody of their child.
Recent changes to the law have updated the state's approach to child custody, eliminating both sole and joint custody as available options. Today, divorcing parents are expected to develop a parenting plan that outlines each party's responsibilities for important decision-making regarding the child. These decisions include choices regarding the child's education, medical care, religious training, and extracurricular activities. If the parents cannot reach an agreement on their own, the court may allocate parental responsibilities between them in accordance with the child's best interests.
Lawyers Protecting Your Rights
At MKFM Law, our attorneys have helped hundreds of area families develop workable parenting agreements that serve the needs of both children and parents. We understand the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship with your child, and we will fight to ensure that your parental rights are fully protected. In many cases, this begins immediately, as the court may be inclined to enter a temporary order, allocating interim parental responsibilities while your divorce is pending. While temporary orders are not intended to be permanent, they are often incorporated into the final divorce judgment with few changes. For this reason, it is important to work with an experienced family law attorney right away. A single misstep early in the process can have long-lasting effects.
We also recognize the importance of working closely with custody evaluators, Guardians ad Litem, and any other professional appointed to help with your case. Your child's best interests should always be your top priority, and your cooperation in the process can demonstrate that clearly to the court. If your case cannot be resolved through negotiation or mediation, the seasoned litigators at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC are ready to fight for you at every stage of a courtroom trial.
Call 630-665-7300 for a Kane County Lawyer
If you are involved in a child custody or allocation of parental responsibilities dispute, contact our office. Schedule an initial consultation with MKFM Law by calling 630-665-7300 Our firm is proud to serve the needs of individuals and families in Geneva, St. Charles, Aurora, Elgin, Batavia, and throughout Kane County, Illinois.