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Our Cook County child custody attorneys fight for your family's legal needs. At O'Flaherty law, child custody attorneys work hard to help you in the most cost effective manner.
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We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.

We believe your attorney should be accessible

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

We believe your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.

Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

More information about our Cook County Child Custody Attorneys

Our Cook County child custody lawyers care about you and you family's legal needs when it comes to child custody cases. We pride ourselves on our above and beyond client communication to put you at ease during your case. Our excellent legal services and experience will with no doubt put you and your family in the best position to succeed in your child's custody case.

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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

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Further Reading from our Cook County Child Custody Attorneys

Court Ordered Parenting Classes in Cook County, Illinois

In this article, our Cook County child custody attorneys explain Cook County court ordered parenting classes. Parenting classes are required in Cook County in any court proceeding involving allocation of parenting time and responsibility. We explain some of the exceptions to the court ordered parenting requirement and how to find out which parenting classes are approved in Cook County. ​According to Illinois law, parenting classes are required whenever parents of minor children are engaged in a court proceeding involving allocation of parenting time and responsibility, formerly referred to as custody and visitation.  This includes post-judgment cases involving modification of parenting time and responsibility or relocation of the child.

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Allocation of Parenting Time and Responsibility in Cook County

In this article, our Cook County child custody lawyers explain the allocation of parenting time and responsibility in Cook County. Allocation of parenting time and responsibility is similar to what courts used to decide when determining custody and visitation rights. We explain the factors that Cook County domestic relations courts weigh in determining parenting time, such as the parents' work schedules and the distance the parents live from one another.  We also discuss the various categories of parental responsibility that courts allocate among the parents.

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Cook County Child Custody Law Explained

Read the full article by our Cook County child custody attorneys explaining Illinois child custody laws.  We discuss the statutory factors that Cook County domestic relations courts must consider when allocating parenting time and responsibility, as well as other factors based in case law. The factors listed in the IMDMA are:The wishes of the parents; The wishes of the child; The interactions and the relationships between the parents and the child; The child's adjustment to his or her home, school, and community; The mental and physical health of both the parents and the child; Whether abuse has occurred either to the child or to any other person; Whether the parents have the ability to cooperate; The living situation of the parents; and Whether either of the parents is a sex offender. In addition to these statutory factors, the court may consider any other facts or factors relevant to the "best interest of the child."  The following factors have been found relevant by previous case law: The race & religion of the parents and the child; The parents' work schedules and availability; One parent's interference with the other parent's relationship with the child; Whether one parent has made false allegations of abuse; Whether either parent is living with someone of the opposite sex; Parents' substance abuse; Whether the parent seeking custody is a natural parent.

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