Parental disputes are often more complicated than simply a push and pull involving sentimental attachment of parents to children. A mother may be mentally ill with bipolar disease or depression. A father may have a history of alcohol or drug abuse. Both parents may have problems, forcing the grandparents to step in and raise the children.
For more than 37 years, Chicago family law attorney Van A. Schwab has been handling child custody cases on behalf of parents who are divorced, anticipating divorce, separated or unmarried. Because of his abundant experience in this area of law, including frequent service as a child representative in disputed custody cases, Mr. Schwab is well-qualified to counsel and represent parents in any custody or visitation matter.
Our law firm handles a full array of parental rights, responsibilities and parenting time (commonly called child custody and visitation) matters, including:
- Developing effective parenting plans and time-sharing agreements
- Requesting or defending against modification requests
- Understanding grandparents' rights
- Obtaining visitation after paternity is established
Understanding How The Court Approaches Parental Responsibilities
Illinois is no longer using the terms physical custody and legal custody when determining where a child will live. Similarly, the terms sole custody and visitation are a thing of the past. Illinois laws now refer to parental decision-making powers as parental responsibilities and custody is simply referred to as parenting time.
Parental responsibilities include the right to make decisions regarding a child's education, health, religion and extracurricular activities. Instead of one parent owning these responsibilities entirely, the court now has the option to allocate each parent with different responsibilities.
Advocating For Your Children's Best Interests
When a child custody dispute remains unresolved despite mediation or collaborative law meetings between both parents and both of their lawyers, a court may appoint a guardian ad litem to serve as child representative.
Attorney Van A. Schwab has experience representing mothers, fathers and children in child custody cases. You can rest assured that he will put his skill and knowledge to work on behalf of your and your child's best interests.
Arrange A Consultation
For experienced advocacy and straightforward legal counsel in any child custody or visitation matter in Illinois, contact The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab at 312-702-1745 (in Chicago) or 847-208-4569 (in Skokie, Deerfield or Libertyville) to schedule an appointment. We are here to uphold your parental rights and guard your relationships with your children.