Are you seeking child custody or visitation in a divorce? Will County divorce attorney Ryan N. Hejmanowski can help you!
Child custody can be determined by a court either during or after a divorce, or even for unmarried parents. The main factor in deciding child custody is what arrangement is in the best interest of the child, or children.
Doesn’t child custody automatically go to the mother?
No. There is nothing automatic about how a court will decide a child custody dispute. Historically, there has been a strong preference in not separating children from their mothers.
However, as the role of women in the workplace has increased, men are playing a more equal role in caring for their children. Many men have responded positively to this change as it gives them the opportunity to become more involved in the lives of their children.
In today’s climate, either the mother or father has a chance of gaining child custody.
Can child custody be changed once it’s set by the court?
Yes. However, a change in custody can take place only if there has been a substantial change in circumstance of the child’s health or welfare. Remember that the court determines custody by looking to the best interests of the child, or children. This means that once child custody is granted through an original custody determination, it is not a simple matter to change it.
How does the court determine the best interests of the child?
Determining custody is not a formula applied by the court. There are a variety of factors that the court will look at in determining what is in the best interests of the child. Some of those factors include:
- The wishes of the child, or children.
- The relationship between the child and each parent.
- The child’s adjustment to their current home.
- The impact of moving the child from their current home.
- Past physical violence on the part of each parent (if any exists).
- The willingness of each parent to nurture a solid relationship with the other parent.
This is not an exhaustive list of all the factors a court examines. It is simply a taste of what the court considers in determining custody.
Why should you hire Ryan N. Hejmanowski to represent you in your child custody dispute?
For experienced and dedicated legal counsel, you can turn to Will County family attorney Ryan N. Hejmanowski. I zealously advocate for my clients while understanding the emotional nature of asking for child custody. Through this balance, I help my clients to an agreeable outcome while keeping an eye on the best interests of the child, or children.
If you are involved in a child custody dispute, contact me today for a consultation.