Modification of Parental Responsibilities

After the Illinois courts issue a parental responsibilities (child custody) order, it is intended to remain in effect for at least two years. However, if you, your child, or the other parent experiences a significant change in circumstances, you can request a modification.

At The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab, we counsel and represent both mothers and fathers who need to make changes to parental responsibilities (custody) and parenting time (visitation) agreements. Our founder, attorney Van A. Schwab, has more than 40 years of experience in family law in Chicago and throughout the Chicagoland area of Illinois.

Reasons for Requesting a Change

Although a child custody modification may be necessary for myriad reasons, here are three of the most common:

  • Relocation — Many parents have questions about relocating with their children more than 25 miles away (if residing in Cook County) or more than 50 miles away (if residing outside of Cook County in Illinois). We help clients both request removals and defend against them, depending on their goals and needs.

  • Negligence or abuse — If the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services finds one parent to be negligent or abusive, it may intervene. If you believe the other parent poses a threat to your child’s safety, we can advise you.

  • Remarriage — A new stepparent in the picture can create all kinds of concerns and conflict. Our experienced lawyers have the skill you need to resolve these difficult situations.

Our Lawyer Is Also a Respected Child Representative

The best interests of the children are paramount in parental responsibilities cases, but best interests are a subjective term. It is based on the court’s viewpoint and various professional opinions.

Our founding attorney, Van A. Schwab, has been regularly appointed as a child representative/guardian ad litem for the past 40 years. In this role, he conducts his own investigation, interviews witnesses, and provides the court with a custody recommendation.

Mr. Schwab also has a background in psychology, giving him even greater insight into 604B evaluations and other important factors in these cases.

To arrange an initial consultation with him, call The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab to schedule a discounted consultation today.