With increased job mobility and professional opportunities, more and more divorced couples with children face difficult choices regarding child custody arrangements. When one parent with physical custody of a child wants to move out of state or to the other side of Illinois, the Court usually must decide if the child can go along.
Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. has frequently represented clients in custody disputes involving sole custody, joint custody, move-aways and parental relocations. If you are a parent who wishes to relocate with your child or if your ex-spouse wishes to relocate, our firm can represent you.
Call us at 630-305-0222 or 312-388-7882 for a free initial consultation. Our attorneys can evaluate your situation, explain the legal process and your prospects for achieving the results you desire.
Custody rights cases involving parental relocations are almost always difficult. Sometimes we can negotiate a fair and workable agreement with the other party. For example, we may be able to achieve a solution in which the child spends school months with one parent, and the summer months with the other parent.
In most cases however, there is no easy solution, and the matter ends up in Court. The Court has wide latitude in this decision, because the laws of Illinois do not provide a great deal of guidance other than that the decision should be based on “the best interests of the child.” The Court will carefully examine all aspects of the proposed move and the effect it will have on the child, such as:
As in an initial child custody dispute, it may order a child custody evaluation. The Court will also carefully consider the arguments made by the attorneys for the parents.
Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. understands how Courts decide custody rights disputes — what they look at and the weight they place on various factors. We will seek to develop a strong and persuasive case on behalf of our client — one designed to obtain the best outcome possible, for both our client and the child.
For a free initial consultation with Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. regarding a custody rights dispute, call 630-305-0222 or 312-388-7882, or contact us online.
During trial four experts all testified against our client the Judge found it was in the best interest of the child that our client be awarded custody. We have successfully represented clients in numerous child custody cases.
We recently analyzed a case whereby the opposing side was seeking a substantial award of maintenance against our client. After a thorough review of the facts and circumstances and several hearings, our client’s obligation to pay maintenance was limited to two years at half of what his former spouse was seeking.
After our client voluntarily changed employment we were able to obtain a substantial reduction in child support payments. We have also stopped such reductions when representing clients receiving child support.