Child Custody And Support That Meets The Best Interests Of Your Children

If you are going through a divorce and have children, custody (now referred to as allocation of parental responsibilities), visitation and child support are paramount questions that need to be resolved. Often, these are the most difficult issues to resolve because no one wants to lose time with their children.

At Di Giacomo & Somers L.L.C., serving Northfield and Chicago, Illinois, we understand that custody issues can be difficult and emotional. Our experienced divorce and family law attorneys will listen to your concerns and prioritize the best interests of your children while guiding you through this difficult time. We are skilled at litigation, collaboration and mediation and will help you make the right decision for your divorce.

Types Of Child Custody

There are two primary types of child custody: joint and sole. Joint custody means that the parents share important decisions regarding their children's lives such as education, health and religion. Joint custody, referred to as allocation of parental responsibilities, is the preferred option if both parents are in agreement, are willing to communicate with one another and are able to focus on the best interests of the children as their first and foremost priority. Note, however, that joint custody does not necessarily mean that the children spend 50-50 time with each parent.

If the parents are unable to communicate with each other, then sole custody with one parent and a reasonable visitation schedule for the other parent may be a better option. Courts often want to maximize both parents' participation, unless there is a reason not to such as child abuse or neglect.

Financial Support For Your Children

In divorce and paternity cases where children are involved, provisions will be made for child support — as well as for the children's day care expenses, health insurance, un-reimbursed medical expenses, extracurricular activity expenses, camp, school fees, college expenses and other child-related expenses. In Illinois, a statutory guideline called "percentage of obligor net income" is currently used to determine the child support amount. Our experienced lawyers will help ensure your child support payments are fair and adequate.

At Di Giacomo & Somers L.L.C., we bring experience and compassion to the practice of law. Our law firm represents clients from cities that include Winnetka, Glenview, Lake Forest and Arlington Heights. Contact our child custody attorneys today to schedule a half-hour consultation. Call 847-784-8900.