Helping You Navigate Child Custody And Child Support Matters
Ending your marriage can mean significant change for your children. Undoubtedly, you want what is best for your family, so how you handle the tumult of a divorce is critical. Child custody and child support are often focal points in a divorce settlement — and for good reason — so the services of an experienced attorney can prove invaluable.
The Law Office of Kevin H. Saville, P.C., can help you ensure a stable and secure future for your children. We have more than 20 years of legal experience working with Chicagoland families as they seek to provide their children with a sense of normalcy after a divorce. Depending on your circumstances, mediation or the collaborative process might provide a less contentious solution.
The Most Important Document In A Divorce Involving Children
This is now called the Allocation Of Parental Responsibilities And Parenting Plan. The judges and attorneys who deal with domestic relations favor arrangements where both parents take part in raising the children, and the new statute presumes that some form of joint parenting is in the best interests of the child.
There are four major areas of decision making:
- Health care
- Extra-curricular activities
The parents should decide how to divide these responsibilities so that some are shared, some made by mom and some made by dad – keeping the best interests of the child in mind at all times.
The parenting plan outlines the schedule of parenting time for each parent with the children. Most parties strive for a schedule that enables both parents to have as much time with the children as their work schedules will permit. Minimizing the use of paid sitters or caregivers in place of parents or extended family members is an important goal in most plans.
The parties should work with their counsel to settle these matters without the need for court hearings which are both costly and time consuming, and vests the responsibility with the court instead of the parents.
Child support is now calculated using specially designed formulas which use an income shares approach. This formula is designed to fairly divide the costs of child rearing between the parties based on respective parenting time schedules and their respective abilities to pay for all the costs of childcare.
If a parent is delinquent in making child support payments, they may face legal consequences. A seasoned lawyer can aid you in recovering back payments for your child.
Call Us Today For Experienced Legal Counsel
If you have questions related to child support or child custody, attorney Kevin H. Saville can answer them. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 312-767-4788. You can also make an appointment by contacting us via email.