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Naperville Child Custody & Visitation Lawyers

Keeping Your Children’s Best Interests at Heart

Smiling woman and toddler boy sitting at a table coloring.The dissolution of a marriage is a life-changing event for both husband and wife. However, a divorce has more potential to negatively impact the lives of the children than anyone else.

At the Roscich & Martel Law Firm, LLC, we believe that although you may not be a couple anymore, you will both always be the parents of your children. Our Naperville child custody attorneys favor mutual agreement on matters of child custody and visitation because parents have an obligation to spend quality time with their children and children are better-adjusted when they have that time with both parents.

Access to Both Parents Is Important

Our team believes that children have the right to have a relationship with both of their parents. You should not try to deny your child the right to spend time with his or her other parent unless there is a serious issue that would justify it, such as substance abuse, incompetence, mental illness, or pedophilia.

What matters in custody is whether our client has been the nurturing parent: The one who taught the child to read and write, took them to the hospital and school, changed their diapers and knows their friends by name. If our client is in this category, we fight for their right to custody.

Rules of Custody & Visitation

There are many legal guidelines on custody and visitation that we always want our clients to be aware of. Under Illinois law, violations could result in fines or imprisonment.

Parents should:

  • Refrain from discussing the other parent with or in the presence of the children except in a complimentary way.
  • Refrain from discussing finance as it relates to the other spouse in the presence of the children.
  • Make all child support payments in full and on time.
  • Refrain from interfering with visitation even if support payments are not current. The custodial parent may be charged with contempt of court and this violation could warrant a change in custody.
  • Pick up and drop off children from visitations on time unless special arrangements have been made. Personal items like clothing, favorite toys, medications, and information for emergencies should be sent with the children.
  • Refrain from consuming alcohol or controlled substances other than professionally-prescribed medications just before during visitation.
  • Refrain from exposing the children to immoral behavior or even the appearance of impropriety, including overnight visits by unrelated members of the opposite sex. Custodial parents are subject to the same constraints.
  • Make visitation time meaningful.
  • Notify each other promptly of any delays or changes in plans that will affect the other parent or their plans. Repeated late arrivals or failure of the custodial parent to be available to receive the children back on time could result in court action to change visitation arrangements.
  • Refrain from questioning children about a former spouse’s activities.
  • Cooperate with the other parent in an adult, non-aggressive, reasonable, and courteous way.
  • Avoid last minute schedule changes.
  • Refrain from arguing with a former spouse, particularly in the presence of the children. Pickup and return of the children should be a pleasant experience.
  • Refrain from taking children out of state while failing to advise the other parent of their location. Violation of this rule could result in prosecution for a felony and a sentence to the state penitentiary.

Compassionate Representation to Protect Your Children

If you are faced with a child custody or visitation dispute or need help with establishing paternity, trust the Roscich & Martel Law Firm to handle your case from start to finish. Our team can represent you and keep your children’s best interests at heart. The Naperville child visitation lawyers at our firm have extensive experience helping families just like yours and can put that experience to work for you.

Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. Call us at (630) 793-6337 now.

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