Nothing comes even close in value to children in any relationship or marriage. Children are the most precious product of a marriage, so custody and parenting are two of the most emotionally draining issues that arise when marriages fail. A husband and wife may divorce each other, but they cannot ever divorce their children. The ups and downs of parenting will continue long after a divorce is concluded, and future parenting success will depend on how the parents and their attorneys handle a custody dispute. Reasonable and caring parents who understand the importance of properly raising their children may reach agreements with the help of their attorneys and child representatives. However, if joint parenting is not possible because parents do not have the ability to place their children's best interest before their own, the courts are always available to settle their differences. In matters concerning custody of minor children, litigation should always be the last resort. The Law Offices of Fred A. Joshua P.C. has trained Illinois child custody lawyers that will first attempt to facilitate parenting agreements between parents that spare their children the negative experience of custody litigation. And should custody litigation become necessary, our lawyers have extensive custody litigation experience to passionately represent your interests in a court of law.

We will explain your options, your rights, and possible solutions to avoid the expense and acrimony of custody litigation, now know as allocation of decision making, if that's possible under the circumstances of a case.

Parenting Time

Parenting time also referred to as "Parenting" is a key element in every Illinois child custody proceeding. It refers to the schedule that is agreed upon for a noncustodial parent to spend time with his or her children. Parenting time is an essential element in maintaining a meaningful relationship between a parent and a child both during and following a divorce.

While both parents agree that the children's best interests are the most important consideration in any divorce matter, their views on how to accommodate those interests usually vary significantly. When disputes arise over the type and extent of access a noncustodial parent should have to his or her children, our lawyers will do all that is possible to achieve the desired parenting schedule for the parent and the child.