Custody and visitation present two of the biggest issues in any divorce proceeding. It is often difficult for a divorcing couple to come to an amicable agreement regarding the details concerning the care, visiting times, and the primary residence of the children. As a DuPage County child custody attorney, Sherby provides dedicated representation for people facing custody and visitation issues.
Legal custody refers to a parent’s decision-making authority regarding religion, education, medical issues and other important decisions. As an Oakbrook Terrace parenting plan lawyer, Sherby can explain in-depth what custody options are available, including:
- Physical custody — This refers to where the child’s primary residence will be.
- Sole custody — This refers to one parent having the full authority to make all the major decisions concerning the child.
- Joint custody — This means that the parents will share responsibility for any major decisions concerning the children.
Custody issues must be settled within 18 months after the filing of the initial petition for divorce. Sherby will work tirelessly to help you reach an agreement that is as fair as possible to all parties involved.
Parenting time refers to how much time the children spend with each parent. After the initial pleading is filed, the court will issue a status date, usually within 90 days of the initial filing. if the divorcing parties do not have a parenting schedule by then, the court will refer the parties to mediation. The parties will work with the assistance of an experienced mediator to assist them in reaching an agreement.
From my Oakbrook Terrace divorce law firm, Sherby will focus on resolving child custody and visitation issues as quickly as possible, preferably before the start of a trial. She will settle matters quickly, because she knows that prolonged conflict is not good for the children. She will work hard to help you reach a visitation plan agreement well before the status date.