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Child Custody and Visitation Lawyers Serving DuPage County, Illinois

Children often benefit from having a healthy relationship with both parents as they get older, and sometimes even when couples with children decide to get a divorce, establishing child custody and visitation agreements early on, can relieve some of the stress associated with divorce.

The law firm of Laraia & Laraia, P.C. in Wheaton, Illinois, works with families to establish supportive child custody and visitation arrangements that are in the best interest of the child. Contact our knowledgeable family law attorneys to see how we can address your child custody and visitation concerns.

*FAMILY LAW ALERT: As of January 1st, 2016, Illinois family laws changed majorly. Read about how child custody and visitation were affected.

Maintaining Your Most Valuable Relationship

A well thought out parenting plan is of the utmost importance and takes detailed preparation to ensure the needs of your child will be met. Our law firm handles all types of child custody and visitation situations, no matter how difficult they may seem. We are never afraid to take on hard cases to protect your parental rights with strong representation, in complex family law and divorce litigation.

When working with the attorneys at Laraia & Laraia, P.C., our clients will receive the supportive legal guidance they need, in order to set up a suitable child custody and visitation agreement. What we do is never cookie-cutter, and we will arrange for experts to come in and make child custody evaluations, to discuss the effects of divorce on the children and determine what type of visitation arrangements can be made on behalf of the non-custodial parent.

Helping You Understand Your Legal Rights

In Illinois, a judge can assign either sole custody or joint custody to a parent, but different types of child custody arrangements can include:

  • Legal Custody: which parent gets to make the major decisions over the child’s lifestyle
  • Physical Custody: which parent the child lives with for specified times
  • Joint Legal and Sole Physical Custody: both parents getting to make decisions about a child’s health care, education, and religion, while living with one parent full-time.

The bottom line is that custody is not about which parent gets to spend the most time with a child but rather, what is in the child’s best interest in addressing both the child’s residential placement as well as how the parents will make the most important decisions regarding a child’s upbringing.

Grandparent Visitation

Grandparents in Illinois have certain limited rights to visitation with their grandchildren.  Grandparent visitation may include complex issues addressing the needs of the grandchildren and the harm the grandchildren may face if the grandparents are not provided certain visitation rights.  The Wheaton, Illinois law firm of Laraia & Laraia, P.C. has the knowledge and experience to address your grandparent visitation issues and questions, and to litigate and represent grandparents who seek to pursue their relationships with their grandchildren.

Contact Our Child Custody and Visitation Attorneys

Contact an attorney at Laraia & Laraia, P.C., in Wheaton, Illinois, to discuss your child custody and visitation rights. We can help you set up a child parenting plan this is favorable to you and beneficial to the needs of your family.

We represent clients in DuPage, Cook, Kane, and Will Counties, including the greater Chicago area. Call us at (630) 690-6800 or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation.