Arlington Heights Family Law Firm
The issue of child custody and visitation often arises after a divorce has been finalized, but may also occur for parents who have never been married. Generally, problems present themselves when there has been a change in the circumstances of the parents or child, or one party is not compliant with a prior custody/visitation agreement. A custody and visitation agreement, also known as a Joint Parenting Agreement (like this Lake County Joint Parenting Agreement), may have been previously agreed upon. Frequently, there is no formal court approved agreement and the parents have simply been able to agree on custody and visitation issues in the past. Now, years have passed and the children have new schedules with after school activities or a parents work schedule has changed or a parent wants move.
New circumstances may require the revision of an existing Joint Parenting Agreement or the entry of a formal Joint Parenting Agreement to assist each parent guidelines for custody and visitation. If one parent is no longer capable of parenting or it is in the childs best interest to reside with the other parent, it may be more appropriate to seek a change in custody. When changes affecting the child occur or a change is sought by a parent, the specific facts of each case will dictate the remedies available to the parent seeking the change or relief. A change in child custody may also affect child support obligations.
These issues are rarely easy and very dependent on the specific factual situation of the parties. Only by discussing this with an experienced Chicago family lawyer will you have a better understanding of how a change in circumstances may affect the child custody or visitation order.