Chicago and Dallas/Ft. Worth Child Custody Lawyers

When getting divorced and children are involved, it is of the utmost importance that both parties come together to decide on fair and reasonable child custody arrangements. In these situations, it is the children’s wellbeing that matters most. It can be extremely difficult for parents to put their differences aside when in the middle of a divorce, but it is important this is done for the sake of the children. At Toro Law Office, our family and child custody lawyers not only have an extensive background in family law, but we understand how judges make the tough decisions in child custody cases. We know that child custody matters can be extremely emotional and gut-wrenching for everyone involved, which is why we are here to guide you through the decision-making process.

Our lawyers know how important it is to protect the best interests of your children when facing complicated family law issues. Whether you are going through a divorce or need help with a parenting plan, we can help. We are fluent in English and Spanish and will explain what your options are, and what can be done to protect your rights and your children’s best interests.

Factors to Consider in Child Custody Decisions

Each state has different laws and regulations when it comes to child custody. Illinois and Texas have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act (UCCA), which is in place to stop interstate child custody conflicts from taking place. In Texas, child custody is referred to as conservatorship, which means the child’s custodian is a conservator. If the parents cannot come to an agreement on the terms of a conservatorship, a family law judge will do so.

In Illinois, both legal and physical custody are recognized. Legal custody gives the parent or guardian the right to make important life decisions, such as schooling and upbringing. Physical custody, on the other hand, refers to which parent the child will live with. Both states recognize sole and joint custody.

Some of the factors a family law judge will take into consideration when determining custody, and what will be in the best interest of the child include:

  • The child’s relationship with each individual parent
  • If either parent has a criminal record or a history with violence
  • The likelihood of the child adjusting to a new school or community
  • The child’s preferences
  • How long the child has been residing in one community and home
  • How long the child has been going to one school
  • How willing the parents are to help the child maintain a relationship with the other parent

These are just some of the top factors that are taken into consideration during a child custody case. If you would like to learn more about the child custody laws in Illinois or Texas, contact experienced child custody attorney Moises Briseño and Associates at Toro Law Office immediately to schedule a consultation to discuss your case. Our experienced child custody lawyers are here to answer any questions you may have and help you through this difficult time. We understand that each case is unique and are here to listen to you and develop a strategy that has everyone’s best interests in mind, especially the child or children.