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Kane County Child Custody Attorneys

Sole Custody and Joint Custody Lawyers in Illinois

In divorce and family law situations, child custody can be one of the hardest issues to negotiate. Custody matters are often filled with emotion, and both parents want to do what is right for their children. However, sometimes one party may be let revenge or spite dictate the course of their child custody wishes and this will not turn out favorably for a child. It is important to have an attorney by your side who will protect the best interests of your child and steer you in the right direction.

The Kane County lawyers at The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. have years of experience negotiating an litigating child custody cases throughout Illinois. We work hard to represent our clients outside of the courtroom through negotiation and mediation. However, when an agreement cannot be reached, we are prepared to defend your child's rights aggressively and obtain the best result possible in court.

Types of Child Custody

In Illinois, legal custody is considered the ability to make all major decisions regarding a child. There are two kinds of child custody in the state:

  • Joint Custody: When two parents have joint custody, they both have an equal say in the major decisions regarding their child's life, including but not limited to education, religion, and medical necessities. Joint custody does not necessarily mean the child will live or visit each parent equally. Instead, physical custody of one parent is awarded and can be negotiated through a Joint Parenting Agreement (JPA). A child's residential custody, however, can be divided equally or given to one party over the other.
  • Sole Custody: One parent is awarded sole custody and has all the decision-making powers. The non-custodial parent may have visitation rights but typically will not have a say in the major decisions regarding the child.

In all Illinois child custody cases, the court prioritizes the child's best interests above all else. However, a judge will consider factors including the parent's wishes and the child's wishes (if he or she is old enough to understand). Our lawyers have decades of experience negotiating contentious child custody issues and representing our clients' needs in court. We understand child custody is a delicate issue that can greatly affect your child's happiness. We will obtain you the best result possible while keeping your family's best interests at heart.

Experienced Kane County Child Custody Lawyers

At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., we can assist you with your child custody or other divorce matter. Contact our attorneys at 630-462-9500630-462-9500 to schedule a consultation at our Wheaton office. We represent clients throughout Northern Illinois including Kane County and the surrounding counties and villages, such as St. Charles, Batavia, and Elgin.

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Rotary of Oak Brook
  • BV Distinguished Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • DCBA Law Firm of the Year
    DCBA Law Firm of the Year 2011, 2013
  • Outstanding Service to the Office of the State’s Attorney 2006-2007
    Outstanding Service to the Office of the State’s Attorney 2006-2007
  • Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor 2012
    Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor 2012
  • Client's Choice Award AVVO
    Clients' Choice
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