Child custody is one of the most highly-contested and emotionally-charged family law issues you may ever go through. At The Weller Law Firm, we are focused on creating child custody agreements that preserve the special relationship between a parent and a child.
Our firm's Belleville child custody attorney Stan Weller has handled hundreds of child custody cases involving both divorcing and unwed parents. As a mediator and former guardian ad litem, Mr. Weller strives to help his clients resolve their child custody disputes outside of the courtroom whenever possible. However, if you and your child's other parent are unable to come to an agreement, Mr. Weller will fight hard to help you achieve the best possible results.
If you are facing a child custody dispute, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Mr. Weller will inform you of all of your options and help you create a strategy for success.
Illinois Child Custody Laws
In Illinois, child custody is based on the best interests of the child. The court considers several factors when awarding custody such as the child's relationship with both parents, the mental and physical health of both parents and the child's preference (if he or she is old enough).
There are two components to child custody:
- Legal custody: Legal custody defines a parent's right to make decisions about the child's life, including education, healthcare and religion.
- Visitation: The visitation schedule determines the living arrangements of the child and the time each parent spends with the child.
Mandatory mediation: If you and your spouse are unable to agree on the best interests of your child in a contested matter, the court will order mediation. The mediator is a neutral third party who will help you and your spouse reach an agreement if possible.
If mediation is unsuccessful, the court will often appoint a guardian ad litem. The guardian ad litem will interview both parents, the children and other people in the child's life and review relevant evidence. Mr. Weller's experience as a guardian ad litem greatly benefits clients who are facing contested child custody disputes.
Contact a St. Clair County Custody Mediation Attorney
To schedule a free, confidential consultation with our experienced lawyer, contact us online or call 618-207-4467 or 888-446-6538.
Skype video appointments will be available beginning 2012 for clients who are unable to travel to our office.