Law, Life and Child Custody
Helping You Fight for Your Parental Rights
In law and in life the tendrils of divorce often stretch into very emotional areas. This is especially true when children are involved and custody is contested. Each parent believes that they know what is best for the children, and the thought of being cut out of their own child’s life, not being allowed to spend much time with them and/or missing holidays, is deeply unsettling and upsetting.
At Hecht Schondorf, we know the complexities involved in divorce and understand the emotional toll it has on the family dynamic. As people with our own families and children we love, we have a vested interest in making the best out of every situation.
With that in mind, our years of experience have taught us to be cautious, direct with the facts, honest regarding possibilities and probabilities, and be objective in our counsel. We explain the options clearly and help you make informed decisions.
Our goal is to be sincere advocates and powerful litigators for you if and when the situation merits. However, well before any trial occurs, we need to sit down face-to-face, discuss the facts and look at your position in the marital relationship, and the law’s position on child custody.
The Law and Child Custody – Best Interests of the Child
The allocation of parenting responsibilities (formerly known as “child custody”) is the right to make legal decisions regarding the life of the child. Courts decide this by following the “best interest of the child” standard. The court will often employ a Guardian ad Litem (“GAL”), and might require the use of a 604.10(b) mental health evaluators to make custody and parenting responsibility determinations. If you and your (ex) spouse can agree to make decisions together, joint parenting responsibility can be appropriate. Again, what the children want and need should be the overriding consideration. For the record, our office has managed to have sole parenting responsibility of children awarded in appropriate cases, and often we can obtain joint “custody” as well.
We hope you grant us the honor of your trust and confidence and choose to work with us to achieve your custody goals and wishes. Contact us or call (312) 878-1202 for a FREE Strategy Session and we can discuss your needs, concerns, options and take positive actions!