Dupage County Illinois Child Custody Attorney
At the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern, we often speak of "child custody" and "parental responsibilities" in the same breath ― and for very good reason. To discuss your Illinois child custody issues with an experienced, compassionate and forthright family law attorney, contact the law firm by phone or e-mail.
Although parents naturally love their children, it has been our observation in years of family law practice that "parental responsibilities" are sometimes overshadowed in a mother's or father's mind by the concept of "parental rights." We make every effort to remind our clients of the importance of fulfilling parental responsibilities with as much zeal as they seek to assert parental rights.
Parental Rights, Parental Responsibilities, Children's Best Interests
Indeed, parents are presumed to have rights to care and custody of their children, even in the case of a separation or divorce. At the same time, the law holds parents responsible for the care and well-being of their children. While our clients are typically mothers or fathers, we believe in our duty to promote the best interests of children who are at the heart of child custody disputes.
- Child custody mediation
- Child custody dispute resolution through collaborative law
- Joint parenting agreements
- Joint custody
- Sole legal custody
- Sole physical custody
- Decision making and parental responsibilities
Agreement with the Other Parent Regarding Child Custody Arrangements May Be Greater Than You Think
In preparation for the legal processes that will result in a child custody court order, we typically ask a client and the other parent to express their views as to what is best for the children: where they will live, where they will go to school, how they will spend weekends and vacations, where they will receive medical care and other factors that parents normally determine for their children.
Use Your Attorney Wisely: Resolve Points of Disagreement Efficiently
Where parents agree, there is no need to incur excessive attorney's fees. Where there are differences, parents can often arrive at reasonable decisions through negotiations, mediation or collaborative law processes. Very rarely does a family's private business need to be hashed out in court.
Learn how the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern can help you, your child(ren) and the other parent or grandparents arrive at reasonable solutions that will promote stability and security despite divorce or separation of mother and father. Discuss child support and other.shtmlects of your divorce or separation. Contact the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern.