Child Custody

One of the most stressful parts of any family law case is that a judge could make decisions that may affect your personal life and legally redefine your relationship regarding custody, visitation, child support, and other issues affecting your children. It is important to have an advocate who can present your case in the best manner possible.

At Joel C. Zimmerman & Associates, Ltd., in Tinley Park and Chicago, IL, we have more than 25 years of legal experience in guiding individuals through this emotional and daunting process. When your future is on the line, it is smart to have an experienced and qualified attorney, like Joel C. Zimmerman, to handle these important and stressful matters for you.

What Does the Court Look at to Determine Child Custody?

Custody is determined by a number of factors that are called the best interests standard. The court looks to these factors to determine residential and legal custody of the children.

Some of the factors include:

  • Desires of parents.
  • Interaction and interrelationship of the child with each parent, with siblings or others.
  • The home, school, and community environments.
  • Mental and physical health of everyone involved.
  • Physical violence or threats of physical violence of a parent.
  • Relationship of the child(ren) to the parent.
  • Emotional or physical abuse.


The noncustodial parent has the right to reasonable visitation with his or her children. Under the law, visitation cannot be denied without a full court hearing. While the noncustodial parent has the right to visitation with his or her children, there is nothing in the law that forces him or her to exercise that right. In certain circumstances, visitation may be open or liberal, but in other cases, visitation may be limited or supervised.

Child Support

In Illinois, child support is determined based on minimum, mandatory, statutory guidelines. These guidelines are based on the income of the noncustodial parent. While the child support guidelines are typically used in determining child support, under appropriate circumstances the courts can award more or less child support than the guidelines suggest. Clients should be aware that the guideline support calculations may differ from one's "take-home pay."

About Joel C. Zimmerman

Founded in 1987, Joel C. Zimmerman & Associates, L.T.D., is located in Tinley Park and Chicago, IL. Our practice provides quality legal services at affordable rates for clients in family law, real estate contract and real estate litigation, as well as personal injury matters. Joel C. Zimmerman, graduated college in 1979 from Indiana University and law school in 1982 from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Learn More

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