Virtually every parent who is going through a separation or divorce is concerned about the immediate and long-term well-being of the affected child or children. Children's sense of security and the strength of parent-child relationships are on the line at a time like this. Parents often struggle with logistics while children may experience sadness and worries over lack of — or altered — contact with one or both parents.
Family law courts have always watched out for children's welfare in separation and divorce situations. If a child is born outside of marriage, a paternity action may be necessary. The bottom-line principle for all family law judges is straightforward: the best interests of the child.
Essential Resolutions In Child Custody Matters
With sensitivity for your unique family circumstances and a clear awareness of Iowa and Illinois family law courts' priorities and tendencies in child custody cases, lawyers Robert L. Sudmeier and Jenny L. Weiss are prepared to guide you through the legal processes leading to a custody decree. The court order will specify details, including:
- Where the child will live most of the time
- When and how the other parent will retain contact with the child
- Which parent will pay and which parent will receive child support
- Which parent or parents will have the legal right to make decisions about education, health care, religious upbringing and other key matters in a child's life
Each state's processes and labels for legal statuses of parents and children in custody cases may vary. Judges from one jurisdiction to another may show preference for certain outcomes more often. There is no substitute for the advocacy of an experienced family law attorney when your parent-child relationships are at stake.
What About Grandparents' Rights? Fathers' Rights? Mothers' Rights?
Grandparents' rights may or may not have legal standing. However, a knowledgeable family law attorney can help you pursue objectives such as custody, visitation or guardianship through the most reasonable and expedient paths.
Family law courts used to show preference for primary physical care of young children with mothers. Fathers had a visitation role. In today's world when more women work and fathers are more aware of their rights for active parenting roles, primary physical care may be with a mother or father.
Few areas of family law are as personal and private as parent-child relationships. You and your child's other parent — or you as an involved grandparent — know your own family circumstances better than anyone outside the family ever can. This is why mediation or some other non adversarial path to resolution of child custody matters can be critical for attainment of an outcome truly in your child's or children's best interests.
Contact The Attorneys At Fuerste, Carew, Juergens & Sudmeier, P.C.
To set up an appointment, contact us by e-mail or call us toll free at 877-455-2249. We are conveniently located at West 8th and Main in downtown Dubuque, with plenty of ramp and metered parking available nearby. We will arrange to meet with you evenings or weekends, if necessary.