An Elmhurst Lawyer Prioritizing Your Child’s Best Interests

In any divorce action where children are involved, it is extremely important that parents and their lawyers try to make decisions and reach agreements that keep the children’s best interests in mind.

At the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern, our clients often speak to us of “child custody” and “visitation”, asking us “what are my rights regarding these?” Our answer is that the law has changed, these terms don’t exist anymore. Terms such as “visitation” and “custody” have been replaced by “parenting time” and “parental responsibilities”. The law now requires divorcing parents to have a “parenting plan” . To learn how the law in Illinois has changed, and to discuss how it affects your discuss your children with an experienced, compassionate, and forthright Elmhurst lawyer, contact our law firm by phone or email.

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 the 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 parents disputes.

In most situations, it is advantageous for each parent to maintain contact with the children so that they can nurture and grow their parent-child relationships, which can be accomplished by negotiating and drafting a parenting plan. This way both parties can make decisions together concerning the children, including:

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Religion
  • Extracurricular activities

In a parenting plan, child visitation or the amount of parenting time allotted to each parent can also be determined. It is important to note that this time is for the benefit of the children, not to penalize one parent or reward the other parent.

Sometimes, however, circumstances warrant that one parent might want to seek all responsibility for decisions for their children, which would give them complete charge of all major decisions regarding the children’s welfare. This type of arrangement may lead to a parent spending more time with the children.We can also help you pursue this type of arrangement.

Call or email the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern to schedule a consultation regarding any children’s issues, including the following:

Agreement with the Other Parent regarding Parenting Responsibilities and Time Arrangements May Be Greater than You Think

In preparation for the legal processes that will result in a parenting plan order, we typically ask a client and the other parent to express their views as to what is best for the children: where they should live, where they should go to school, how they should spend weekends and vacations, where they should 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; in fact, only approximately 15% of all cases go to trial!

Contact the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern to discover how an Elmhurst family lawyer can help you, your children, and the other parent or grandparents arrive at a reasonable solution that will promote stability and security despite divorce or separation. Arrange a consultation with our Elmhurst office to discuss child support and other aspects of your divorce or separation.