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Rhonda L. Rosenthal, P.C.

Child Custody Lawyer | Serving Chicago, IL

Free Consultation

815-200-4791

Working with Families in Crisis
Handling All Types of Family Law Matters and Probate Court Issues Including Guardianships for Disabled Adults & Closing Estates

When I was ten years old, I decided that I wanted to be an attorney so that I could help people when they were in trouble.  While working my way though college as an assistant for three attorneys, I decided that I wanted to focus in probate and family law.  I felt that in these areas of law, people were at their most vulnerable and emotional, and they needed a …

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Mary J. Rocco, Attorney at Law, LLC

Child Custody Lawyer | Serving Chicago, IL

Free Consultation

630-381-0046

Your Family and Child Custody needs are important. Click here or call today for help.

The law office of Mary J. Rocco offers a personable and dedicated approach to handling your legal matters. If you are looking for an affordable and responsible attorney who possesses the knowledge you need, call us to set up a free consultation.  Mary J. Rocco is an attorney practicing law in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. She currently operates as a solo …

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Law Offices of Kevin Saville

Child Custody Lawyer | Chicago, IL

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312-285-2466

Divorce Lawyer With Over 20 Years’ Experience, Certified In Mediation & Collaborative Law!

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Are You Trying to Get Custody of a Child?

Achieving custody of a child can be a highly emotional battle between parents. Add to that a number of legal issues courts weigh to award custody and child custody cases can become daunting. This area of law significantly impacts the child's present well being and future.

Legal Issues in Child Custody

In determining who gets custody, courts consider what is in the "best interest" of the child, which is a broad term that does not have a fixed standard and can take into account a number of considerations. Child custody law is complex, so to get the best result obtaining the services of a qualified Chicago attorney who practices child custody law is imperative.

When to Hire a Lawyer

It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you've suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.

The Importance of a Good Consultation

The goal of an initial consultation is to find an attorney you are comfortable working with and someone who can help you understand your options under the law. Seek to understand the relevant legal experience the attorney brings to your case. While it is not realistic to expect an attorney to resolve your legal issue during an initial consultation, you should gain a level of comfort with his/her ability to do so. A good consultation can clarify issues, raise pertinent questions and considerations for your case, and help you make an informed decision towards resolving your legal issue.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in Chicago, IL

Circuit Court of Cook County - County Division

50 West Washington St.,Chicago,IL60602
Phone: (312) 603-6194

Circuit Court of Cook County - Criminal Division

2600 South California Ave.,Chicago,IL60608
Phone: (773) 674-3160

Circuit Court of Cook County - First Municipal District

50 West Washington St.,Chicago,IL60602
Phone: (312) 603-6132