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An Illinois Family Attorney, Ready to Fight for your Rights

The end of an intimate relationship can wreak havoc on a family. These relationships are deeply intertwined with every other aspect of our lives, from the rearing of children to where we lay our heads at night. The stress and anxiety that can come from such situations can be outright unbearable. However, knowledge about your options and having a game-plan for picking up the pieces can go a long way in getting you and your family’s lives back on track. Hirth Law, LLC can help you navigate the process of establishing child custody, the allocation of parental responsibilities and child support.

Commons Family Law Questions

Will I get custody of my children if my partner and I split up?
Illinois courts look to the “best interests” of the children when deciding who will be the primary caretaker of children. Under Illinois law, the following are factors a court may look to in determining the question of custody:

  • The wishes of the parents

  • The wishes of the child, depending on the child’s age, maturity and education

  • The child’s interaction with the parents

  • The child’s adjustment to home, school and community

  • The mental and physical health of all parties

  • Any past and ongoing acts of violence by a parent against the other parent or a child

  • The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child

In instances of domestic violence and where an agreement cannot be reached between the parties, the court is likely to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem. A Guardian Ad Litem is an attorney with special training in the area of child custody. He or she acts as the eyes and ears of the court and conducts interviews with the parents, children and collateral witnesses to aid the court in making a determination as to custody issues. In instances where domestic violence is not a concern, the court will first order the parties to attend mediation in hopes to avoid further court involvement on the issue. In the event mediation fails and an agreement cannot otherwise be reached, these matters can proceed to trial.

How does child support work in Illinois?
The state of Illinois has implemented specific guidelines for calculating who receives child support and how much they receive. The calculation takes into account the income of both parents and the allocation of parenting time amongst the parties.

My former partner got an order of protection against, and now I can’t see my children. What do I do?
In Illinois, orders of protection can be entered ex parte on an emergency basis. This means they can be lodged against you without you knowing until an officer shows up at your job or at your front door. There are statutory requirements for how long an emergency order of protection can be in place before a hearing on a “plenary” order of protection must occur. A plenary order of protection lasts two years and can be extended on the motion of the party who sought the order in the first place. If you are facing an order of protection in Illinois, you should consult with an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois, as soon as possible.

Attorney Hirth has the experience and knowledge needed to guide you through the family court system. Keep in mind, these situations do not resolve over night, and in many instances, can go on for years if not dealt with promptly and effectively. Feel free to give the office a call or send us a message to schedule a consultation.

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I can’t express enough gratitude to Cassandra for her exceptional support and expertise throughout my legal proceedings. As someone unfamiliar with the complexities of the court system, I was initially overwhelmed. However, Cassandra alleviated my concerns with her comprehensive knowledge and clear explanations every step of the way. Her professionalism and dedication instilled confidence in me, and she ultimately got me exactly what I wanted. I am immensely grateful for her invaluable assistance and would highly recommend her services to anyone in need of legal representation.



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