Custody

Children need and deserve the care and support of both parents. Whether you are considering divorce, a dissolution of your civil union or you were never married, it is important to affirm your parental relationship and secure the time you need to maintain a strong relationship with your child, and continue to have a solid influence over his or her life by being part of major decisions affecting your child’s education, healthcare and activities.

At the law offices of CIESLA | BEELER, we represent mothers and fathers in the greater Chicago area in child custody, visitation and paternity cases. Our goal in all legal matters relating to your child is to minimize hostility between parents while ensuring your child has the emotional and financial support he or she needs, which includes your maximum involvement as a parent.

We use every available method to help you arrive at a workable child custody and visitation agreement: mediation, collaborative law, cooperative law, and if those options are inadequate, family court litigation. If you would like to know more about how we can help you and your child, contact our law office to speak with a child custody lawyer in Northfield.

A thorough and detailed child custody agreement or parenting plan can prevent a host of problems from developing — and a visit back to court. Holiday and vacation residence, pick-up and drop off times and locations, how decisions will be made and disputes resolved — these can all be covered in a child custody agreement. The value of working with an experienced divorce and family law attorney, like those at CIESLA | BEELER, is that we understand the range of issues involved in complex cases involving children. We can help you consider and address issues in advance, before they become a problem.

Sometimes it becomes necessary for a custodial parent to move to another town, another state, or even another country. When a parent must relocate, the non-custodial parent may object and seek to have the court change the custody order so the child remains in Illinois.

We represent custodial and non-custodial parents in move-away situations. We have taken relocation cases in state and federal courts. We have also handled international child custody issues and understand how the Hague Convention applies in child custody disputes.

Children need and deserve the care and support of both parents. Whether you are considering divorce, a dissolution of your civil union or you were never married, it is important to affirm your parental relationship and secure the time you need to maintain a strong relationship with your child, and continue to have a solid influence over his or her life by being part of major decisions affecting your child’s education, healthcare and activities.