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Child Custody & Visitation
Attorney in Belleville, Illinois

Explaining Parental Responsibilities, Parenting Time

If you are a parent considering filing for divorce, you are likely concerned about the child custody determination process. This process is now referred to as the allocation of parental responsibilities. Illinois courts place increasing importance on the best interests of the child in divorce proceedings. Those interests typically involve providing meaningful and balanced parental relationships for both parents and their children.

A Belleville Attorney to Advise You on Custody and Visitation Matters

We know there is nothing more stressful than the thought of losing time with your children. You need sound legal guidance to make sure your rights are protected.

I am Judith Trentman Wilson, a family law attorney in Belleville, Illinois, who has the experience, knowledge, skills and resources to guide you through a child custody dispute. With 14 years of experience handling family law cases, I know what it takes to resolve your matter in a way that protects your parenting time.

The parenting plan (physical custody and visitation schedule) is often the most contentious part of any divorce. It does not have to be this way. As a veteran of many child custody disputes, I can help you work on a settlement that addresses the parenting time of your children, including holidays, summer vacations and other special events in a way that respects your parental rights.

How Illinois Determines Parental Responsibility, Also Known as Child Custody

Here in Illinois, family law judges are required to determine child custody in the best interests of the child. In most cases, parents will be given equal rights in the allocation of parental responsibilities (often referred to as joint custody). This means you and the other parent will have to work together on decisions regarding a child’s upbringing, including education, health care, extra-curricular activities and religion. If one parent poses a danger to the child, the other parent may be granted sole custody.

If you and your spouse can work together on an amicable parenting (child custody) agreement, everyone will benefit. By working together now, you will make it easier to do the same in the future when necessary. Of course, an agreement is simply not possible for everyone. In that event, I will not hesitate to go to court and aggressively represent you.

Talk to A Child Visitation Attorney Before Filing for Divorce

As your lawyer, I can handle all of the complicated legal work while you focus on what is truly important: spending time with your child. Contact my law firm, Judith Trentman Wilson, Attorney at Law, P.C., to schedule a free consultation.