Resolving Child Custody Disputes With A Minimum Of Conflict
When a divorce involves children, child custody and child support are likely to become the most heated disputes. Unfortunately, these issues are often fueled by emotions rather than what is actually in the best interests of the children.
In Illinois, family court judges remain steadfast in their focus on the best interests of the children. An experienced family law attorney can provide direction and insight regarding the legal process and how to reach your child custody goals.
The first thing your lawyer needs to do to effectively represent you in a custody dispute is to fully evaluate the facts and properly advise you as to the likelihood you will prevail. Cases involving custody disputes can be very expensive and often involve costs associated with other professionals such as a guardian ad litem (an attorney appointed to investigate what the best interests of the children are) or a child’s representative (an attorney appointed to actually represent the child and advocate as to his/her best interests). It is not uncommon that counselors or psychologists become involved. Because of the costs associated with these types of professionals and the fact custody litigation can be lengthy, a client initially needs a frank and concise opinion as to what the likely outcome of a trial may be.
The Experience You Need On Your Side
Attorney Marios N. Karayannis has handled hundreds of cases involving child custody and visitation issues, and he has been involved in a significant number of cases that went to trial. He has the experience necessary to evaluate your case and provide you with insight as to the strength or weakness of your case. This is the type of attorney you need — one who can provide an honest appraisal of your chances at trial rather than simply telling you what you want to hear. Marios represents mothers and fathers in Kane, DuPage, Cook, Kendall, DeKalb and McHenry counties and the surrounding areas.
Modifying Existing Child Custody Orders
We also handle cases where custody was previously established and new facts have come to light that may warrant a change in custody. In these proceedings, the party seeking a change must prove by clear and convincing evidence that the new facts make a change in custody appropriate as the best interests of the children require the custody modification. Whether you are seeking a child custody change or trying to prevent one, attorney Marios N. Karayannis has handled cases just like yours and will be able to properly advise you and take your matter to trial if necessary.