We Work To Protect The Best Interests Of You And Your Child
No issue is more divisive and volatile than custody of children and parental responsibilities. Old resentments bubble to the surface, and the other spouse reacts in anger or spite. If you fight back to hold your ground, the kids are caught in the middle.
Zuba & Associates, P.C., tries not to fan the flames. We know that a bitter custody trial can devastate children, sap your finances and destroy the parenting truce. We promote a peaceful resolution, but we will vigorously protect and represent your interests at trial when necessary.
Determining Custody And Parenting Terms
Most parents approach child custody with the intention of working it out. We are there to facilitate a workable parenting agreement, consulting closely with clients to negotiate fair and reasonable terms.
Illinois law requires mediation when disputes reach an impasse. Zuba & Associates, P.C., is familiar with mediators in the Winnebago County and surrounding areas, and can guide you to one with a high rate of success. We will prepare you fully for the session to stand your ground and state your case.
If mediation does not produce results, the court may require that a guardian ad litem or a children’s representative intervene to ensure that the interests of each child are represented. The next step may be the appointment of a clinical psychologist or custody evaluator. Again, we can point you in the direction of qualified children’s advocates and advise you in advance of their investigation.
Prepared To Litigate When Necessary
Unfortunately, litigation may be the only recourse in the end. Jim Zuba offers almost 30 years of trial experience, including 12 years of federal prosecution against some of the toughest legal adversaries. Collin Evans offers over 5 years of litigation experience and is well prepared to aggressively and vigorously fight to obtain the results you deserve. Both attorneys are more than equal to the task and ready to fiercely promote your interests in court. This experience allows them to effectively represent your interests in the event of a parenting dispute.
The main parenting issues are legal custody now referred to as “parental responsibilities” (decision-making on behalf of the child) and placement or “parenting time” (where the child will live after divorce). The court presumes joint parental responsibility, with one parent often awarded primary parenting time and the other parent getting visitation or parenting time. The lawyers at Zuba & Associates, P.C., strive to negotiate acceptable terms and spell out the specifics to avoid future conflicts.
If you believe that sole custody, or decision making and primary parenting time, is truly in the best interests of your child because of the other parent’s mistreatment or inability to provide proper care, or because both parents are simply unable to communicate regarding the best interests of the child or children, we will advocate strongly on your behalf. We will help you identify and secure witnesses and other evidence to show that the other parent is unfit to share custody.
Let Us Help You
Call 815-397-7000 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting with a Rockford, Illinois, child custody attorney devoted to advancing your interests. Need more proof that we can help? See our client testimonials page.