All good parents are concerned about the welfare of their children. During divorce proceedings, when parents cannot come to an agreement about child custody or child support, the court helps determine what is in the children’s best interest. At the Law Offices of Paul Chatzky, we work with families to find an amicable solution to these issues that protects our clients’ rights while lessening the emotional trauma of divorce on children.
Family courts in Cook and Lake Counties (and all Illinois Counties) may base their decisions about sole or joint custody (the allocation of Parenting
Time and Decision Making Authority) on factors that may include:
Our experienced family law and divorce attorney zealously advocates on your behalf and defends your rights as a parent. The Law Offices of Paul Chatzky is your advocate before the court pursuing a resolution that ensures that you can raise your children in a fit and caring home.
In many cases, Illinois courts award shared decision-making authority to both parents. Shared decision-making authority may include the authority to determine the child’s Education, Medical Treatment, Religious upbringing, and participation in Extracurricular Activities. Shared Decision Making Authority does not imply joint physical custody (the allocation of equal parenting time), which may be negotiated by the parents and approved by the court or be solely determined by the court. Factors that may be considered by the court to determine the allocation of decision-making authority and parenting time include (among other important factors):
Our Skokie & Northfield divorce lawyer will discuss a detailed plan for an appropriate allocation of parenting time and negotiate a beneficial agreement for you and your children. With years of experience in Lake County court (and surrounding County courts), Mr. Chatzky will zealously advocate for you.
As the cost of living continues to rise, raising a family becomes increasingly expensive. Following a divorce in Illinois, a parents financial responsibility to their children may be premised upon the allocation of parenting time and other pertinent factors including the incomes of both parents. The court will either follow or deviate from statutory support guidelines and may consider among other pertinent factors:
Engaging our child support attorney to represent your financial involvement is critical to your and your children’s quality of life.
About Born in Havana, Cuba, Paul Chatzky is fluent in Spanish and English, enabling him to effectively represent a wider range of individuals and businesses. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, and is listed among Illinois Super Lawyers, which is a reflection of his high ethical standards and exceptional legal knowledge. As…
About Prior to joining the firm as a paralegal, Debbie was employed by major banking institutions as a loan processor and as an executive secretary. Debbie was also employed as an administrative assistant for the Board of Jewish Education. Having majored in Sociology, Debbie graduated from the University of Florida in 1980. Debbie completed her…