DuPageCounty Joint Custody Attorneys
Lawyers in Hinsdale, Illinois, Helping Clients Pursue Joint Custody of Their Children
Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding experiences imaginable. It can also, at times, be one of the most challenging experiences, as well. Under the best of circumstances, raising a child requires hard work, self-sacrifice, and, above all, a commitment to his or her well-being. After a divorce or the end of a relationship, arrangements for child custody can increase the challenges that parents face as shared time with each parent becomes a complicating factor. At the Law Office of a Martoccio & Martoccio, we know just how difficult parenting after divorce can be and are ready to work with you to achieve the custody agreement that best serves your child’s needs.
Knowledgeable Child Custody Attorneys in Kane and KendallCounties
When the romantic or marital relationship between parents fails, some couples are incapable of forging a new connection with each other as coparents. Such situations tend to result in a court granting sole custody of the couple’s children to one parent, while the other parent retains rights to visitation. Despite continuing a relationship with his or her child, the non-custodial parent in this type of case has virtually no decision-making authority over the raising of the child.
Other couples, however, maintain a more cooperative outlook on parenting. They are able to, for the most part, put aside their differences with each other and focus on providing the best possible reality for their child. With an amicable approach to coparenting, and united by a common goal, this type of couple is often much better suited for a joint custody arrangement.
Professional Counsel for Joint Custody Cases
Joint custody refers to an arrangement in which parenting responsibilities are divided between a child’s parents, with the expectation that they will cooperate on important matters. Such an arrangement does not guarantee or necessarily even suggest equal parenting time, as would be the case in a shared custody agreement. In fact, most joint custody situations still require one parent to be granted primary physical custody for purposes of enrollment in school and other considerations.
In a joint custody situation, however, both parents share in decision-making and other concerns for the child’s well-being. They are expected to develop a Joint Parenting Agreement outlining the particular responsibilities that each will assume and setting up guidelines for their continuing coparenting relationship. The agreement often includes a schedule for each parent’s time with the child, or, in some cases, acknowledges the establishment of a more flexible arrangement, based on the parents’ cooperation.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio have more than 75 years of family law experience and have helped hundreds of families maintain a positive child-raising environment after divorce. We understand that the best child custody arrangement is the one that meets the needs of your family, regardless of what works for other family situations. In addition to providing quality legal representation in the courtroom, we can also help you negotiate and draft a Joint Parenting Agreement that prioritizes your child’s best interests, while keeping both parents fully invested in the process.
If you would like to know more about how our skilled professionals can help with your child custody situation, contact our office today. We will review your case, explain your options, and help you in taking the next step in providing for your child. Call 630-920-8855 to schedule your free consultation. We are proud to serve clients throughout Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Kane, and WillCounties.