Parental Responsibility

The needs of children always come first. Whether you are going through a divorce or you are involved in a paternity action, you want to pursue an outcome that is in your child's best interest. You can benefit from having a skilled family law attorney on your side. At Courtney, Clark & Mejias, P.C., we handle child parental responsibility and parenting time, child support and all other children's issues. We are committed to helping you do what is right for your child.

parental responsibility And Parenting Time

Illinois law related to child parental responsibility and parenting time can be confusing. You may have heard terms like legal parental responsibility and physical parental responsibility, joint parental responsibility and sole parental responsibility. The most important thing to understand is this: The courts want to do what is in the best interest of the child and will consider a variety of factors to understand exactly what that is.

One factor the court will look at is each parent's willingness and ability to work with the other parent and to foster a strong relationship between the child and both parents. In other words, the court wants you to understand that both you and the other parent will have to continue working together to raise your child unless there are extenuating circumstances that make that impossible, such as abuse. Our Belleville child parental responsibility lawyers will review your situation and help you pursue child parental responsibility and parenting time arrangements that make the most sense based on the circumstances.

Child Support

In Illinois, child support is based primarily on a clear set of guidelines. Calculating child support is a matter of looking at each parent's income, child parental responsibility arrangements, the financial needs of the child and a few other factors. However, there are circumstances in which parents may need to deviate from the guidelines. Our attorneys understand the options available in terms of child support payments and can provide you the guidance you need.

Free Initial Consultation

We are committed to results-oriented and cost-effective representation in child parental responsibility and support cases. Call 618-207-3458 (toll free 866-921-8767) or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Belleville office.