No two child custody cases are the same. Just as every parent is unique, every child has unique needs. There is really no such thing as a “normal” child custody case, but some cases are more complicated than others. Illinois courts strive to put the child’s interests first by finding the type of custody arrangement that works best for the child. In most cases, this means some type of joint custody is the favored outcome.
In general, state courts prefer to allow a child some time with both parents. However, there are situations where a more standard custody arrangement is impossible or inappropriate. Child-rearing for divorced parents is not a one-size-fits-all situation. If your child custody case is going to be more complicated than usual, you will need to work with an experienced attorney in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
Reasons a Child Custody Case Might be More Complex Than Usual
Relatively uncomplicated child custody cases are still not always easy. Even when both parents are fit and interested, finding the right custody arrangement can take some effort. Your child custody case might be more complicated if there are factors like:
- Parental relocation – If one of the parents plans on moving out of the school district, let alone the state, then you might have some complications reaching the right custody arrangement. Children cannot attend one school half the time and another school the other half. If one parent is moving out of the state, it may be even more difficult to reach a custody schedule that allows children time with both parents.
- Abuse allegations – If there are any allegations that a parent has abused the child or the other parent, then the court will need to thoroughly investigate the alleged abuse before a final custody arrangement can be reached. Protecting children is the court’s number one concern.
- Disabled child – If your child has disabilities, including emotional or learning disabilities, then it is critically important that the parents remain a team when it comes to providing the best possible upbringing to the child. Unique solutions may be in order so that the child can have a sense of stability.
- Parental kidnapping – If one parent has unlawfully restricted the other parent’s access to the child or has traveled with the child absent a court order, this could throw a wrench in custody proceedings.
Even for parents and children with unique situations, the right custody arrangement can be found, but it may take extra time or effort.
Call a DuPage County Child Custody Lawyer
Botti Marinaccio, LTD. is committed to helping parents who are separating find a custody arrangement that works for both them and the child. Our experienced Burr Ridge child custody attorneys can take on even the trickiest challenges separated parents face. Call 630-575-8585 for a free consultation.