On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
Parents in Illinois and throughout the country typically want to be involved in their children’s lives. However, it may not always be in a child’s best interest to interact on a regular basis with mom or dad. If a parent is denied custody, there may be things that parents can do to obtain custody in the future. For instance, a judge may allow custody after completing a parenting class or going to rehab.
Even if there is no guarantee that custody will be granted after complying with a judge’s order, it is still a good idea to comply as soon as possible. Doing so shows that an individual is serious about being a part of his or her child’s life. Parents who aren’t granted custody may still be given visitation rights to the child. It is important to make full use of those rights as it can further show a judge that a person is serious about being a good parent.
In some cases, it may be possible to come to a compromise solution in a custody case. Instead of obtaining full custody, a parent could agree to shared legal or physical custody. That could allow a parent to help make important decisions about how a child is raised.
While the law generally prefers parents to have joint custody, this isn’t always possible. For instance, if a parent lives in another state, it may not be practical to allow for equal custody rights. However, an attorney may help a parent obtain legal custody as well as generous visitation and other contact rights. This may allow a mother or father to see their children regularly during the week, during school breaks or on holidays. It may also allow for contact by phone or social media.