In Illinois, no two child custody cases are the same because no two people are the same. For that reason, you depend on working with a child custody lawyer committed to understanding the details that make your case different from everyone else’s.
At the Law Office of Deanna J. Bowen in Gurnee, Illinois, Ms. Bowen works with you directly. That level of personalized attention provides us with the information we need about your child custody case to deliver individually-tailored legal representation to you.
Deanna Bowen has the seasoned legal judgment you need to advise you intelligently even if your child custody matter involves uncertain law or still-developing legal principles. Her long-standing legal tenure enables her to help you understand how the law applies to your case in a wide variety of circumstances, including those cases involving:
A divorce can lead to a complicated legal battle for the custody of your children. It is important to be knowledgeable about your rights as a parent, and have a trustworthy child custody attorney on your side. The following are the laws that a custody lawyer can help you navigate through in a courtroom.
Parental alienation refers to when a child is manipulated by a parent to become estranged from another parent. This can manifest in several ways including fear, aggression, and disrespect towards the parent. There are currently no state or federal laws that regulate parental alienation in the United States, but some courts have recognized it as a serious issue and suspended child support.
Paternity is simply proof that a man is the father of a child, but it will not automatically grant you rights for custody and visitation. A father can obtain a court order for these rights by filing a paternity and custody petition.
Visitation is often the main concern of parents that are going through a divorce. It is important to learn all of the child custody laws that are specific to your state. Reasonable visitation and fixed visitation are the two types of visitation schedules. Reasonable visitation means that the parents are capable of coming up with a visitation plan without conflict. Fixed visitation means that the judge orders where and when the non-custodial parent will have visitation. These visitation rights can be taken away if the child is determined to be living in an abusive or unsafe environment.
Health and Medical Issues
Proof that a parent is impaired from a medical condition and is unable to properly care for their child can deny these custodial rights. The presence of a medical condition alone is not enough to deny custodial rights, it must be proven that an impact is being made on the well-being of the child.
It is possible to request for modifications to your visitation schedule. This is most commonly done by working with the other parent of the child and coming to an agreement. This plan can be filed with a court and the court will usually accept it. If the parents are unable to come to an agreement for making modifications to the visitation schedule, the case will need to be taken to court and resolved by a judge. The judge will make the final decision on the terms of the modifications.
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