Chicago Child Custody Lawyers


Chicago Child Custody Lawyers

Put a Proven Team onto Your Case

There is no issue as contentious or one more likely to drain your emotions as a custody battle (known in courts as an allocation of parental responsibilities). Before you begin, you need an objective assessment of your own strengths and weaknesses. You need a team that will give you honest advice and a good cost-benefit analysis. And you need a team that has the "know-how" to get you across the finish line.

At Reed, Centracchio & Associates, LLC, we have a track record of turning "unwinnable" cases into victories. Some of our greatest custody achievements have started with clients already accused and outwardly judged of heinous acts they did not commit. By listening to our clients, getting to the truth, and planning our strategy, we turned cases nobody wanted into cases where our clients won custody.

Facing a child custody issue? Reach out to Reed, Centracchio & Associates, LLC to set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys. Contact us online or at (312) 500-8344 to get started. Serving Chicago, Hinsdale, Cook County, DuPage County, Will County, and Kane County.

How Custody Is Viewed in Illinois

Illinois courts no longer use the word “custody” and instead focus on these two categories:

1. Parenting Time, which refers to where the child resides on a day-to-day basis; 

2. Allocation of Parental Responsibilities, which gives a parent the authority to make big life decisions about how the child will be raised, such as those concerning education, religion, medical care, extra curriculars and alike. 

The right to have parental responsibilities for decision making can be awarded on a joint or sole basis. 

You and your spouse have the right to determine custody arrangements on your own or through negotiation. This involves creating a parenting plan that sets forth each parent’s custody rights and responsibilities. If you are unable to agree on a plan, mediation may be ordered by the court, in which you work out a plan with the help of a certified mediator. 

When mediation fails, the matter will go to court, where a judge will make the final decision. Judges base their decisions on what they consider to be in the child’s best interests. They will review many circumstantial factors when ruling on this matter, including the child’s needs, their relationships with both parents, the proximity factor between the two households, how the arrangements will affect the child’s daycare or schooling, and more. 

How Reed, Centracchio & Associates, LLC Can Help

Our attorneys bring extensive experience to your case. In addition to this, Managing Partner Nicole Centracchio is frequently appointed by judges to represent children in court as a guardian ad litem or child’s representative attorney. Putting children first and maintaining a good reputation for honesty and diligence benefits our clients in our work, both inside and outside the courtroom.

No matter how good the team, instances occur when the facts do not support a move for custody, at least at the present time. Clients deserve honest advice on this issue, irrespective of what they may want to hear. To that end, we give you our candid opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of your case. All too often, other firms allow clients to maintain unlikely visions of victory. Eventually, those dreams burst, but only after a great deal of money and mental anguish have been spent. At our firm, we believe that timing in custody is important, and that "know-how" often means "know-when."

For a free consultation, call (312) 500-8344 or contact us online.