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Naperville Lawyers for Domestic Violence and Child Related Issues

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Abuse Allegations and Their Impact on Parent-Child Relationships in DuPage County

Allegations of domestic violence are always serious, and when the alleged abuser has children, such allegations could directly affect the person's parental responsibilities and parenting time. At Goostree Law Group, we understand that when domestic abuse is a concern, such concerns are always relevant in proceedings related to child custody, especially if the abuse is directed toward the child or takes place in the child's presence. If domestic violence is an issue in your family, our compassionate attorneys can help you take steps to protect your child, both now and in the future.

Domestic Violence Lawyers in Wheaton and Warrenville

Despite many years of public awareness and educational campaigns, domestic violence continues to be a problem for thousands of families in Illinois and millions across the country. Unfortunately, violent or abusive behavior can become even worse during the process of a divorce or parenting-related legal proceedings. If one spouse, for example, does not want a divorce or is afraid of losing his or her children, a threatening or violent situation could result, especially if that spouse is prone to dangerous behavior when angry or stressed.

The skilled attorneys at Goostree Law Group recognize that domestic abuse includes more than just physical violence. According to Illinois law, domestic violence also encompasses behaviors such as harassment, intimidation, threats, and the restriction of personal freedoms. When domestic abuse is directed toward the abuser's partner, ending the relationship can offer a measure of protection, but things are much more complicated when children are involved.

How Domestic Violence Affects Child-Related Matters

In Illinois, family courts begin with the assumption that a child is best served by having both parents active in the child's life. Allegations or proven instances of domestic violence, however, challenge this assumption. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5) provides that a parent's rights regarding his or her children may be affected by abusive behavior toward the child or any other member of the household.

The court, in its discretion, may refuse to give an abusive parent any authority regarding important decisions for the child. Additionally, the court could structure parenting time arrangements to ensure that the child is never left alone with the abusive parent. In extreme cases, an abusive parent may have his or her rights to parenting time terminated altogether. If domestic violence is a concern in your family situation, our lawyers have the knowledge and skill to help you keep your child safe at all times.

Restoring Parental Rights for a Former Abuser

At Goostree Law Group, we also help parents who are looking to put their own lives back together and to rebuild trust within their families. If your parental rights were restricted due to a prior history of domestic violence, we can help you prove that you have addressed your issues and are no longer a threat to your child. In building your case, we will include any and all evidence that shows how hard you have worked, such as:

  • Completion of anger management courses or similar programs;
  • Completion of substance abuse treatment programs;
  • Consistent negative tests for drugs or alcohol;
  • Participation in parenting education courses; and
  • Credible testimony from instructors, mental health professionals, and other relevant witnesses.

We will also work with you in proving that your renewed participation in your child's life will serve the child's best interests. Our lawyers understand that the road to recovery and forgiveness is long and difficult, but we are prepared to walk with you every step of the way.

Call 630-364-4046 for a Free Consultation

To learn more about our firm and how we can help address domestic violence concerns when children are involved, contact our office. Call 630-364-4046 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today. We serve clients in Naperville, Wheaton, Warrenville, Woodridge, Lisle, Downers Grove, DuPage County, and the surrounding areas.

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