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Child Custody Cases Are Difficult Affairs Our Attorneys Will Fight to Keep Your Family Intact

Cook County Child Custody Attorney

Protecting the Best Interests of Your Child

Child custody is one of the most important issues in your divorce. Making a cooperative decision on where your child will live, or which parent will be responsible for making major decisions regarding health care and education, can have lasting effects on your immediate and extended family.

This is why it is of utmost importance that you seek the experienced legal guidance of a skilled attorney. If you are in South Barrington, Barrington, Barrington Hills, and Hoffman Estates, the Law Firm of Caryl Jacobs Gabe, Ltd, offers local representation, flexible appointment availability, and a variety of payment methods to discuss your matter. We also have an office in Palatine (by appointment).

We can help you understand how custody is decided in Illinois, how to modify custody, and what you can do if a custody order is violated. Our team is ready to provide guidance for all matters related to child custody.

Call our firm today at (847) 278-2851 to speak with Caryl Jacobs Gabe about your custody issue.

How Is Child Custody Determined in Illinois?

In Illinois, family law courts favor the cooperation of both parents, but not necessarily joint custody in determining the legal and physical arrangements for your child or children. Foremost in any decision is the child’s well-being and best interests. Courts may also seek to maintain the status quo, or keep the way of life that your child is accustomed to.

A judge considers many factors when deciding on custody, including:

  • The criminal history of both parents, including allegation of domestic violence
  • The parent’s cooperation or reluctance to foster a relationship with the non-custodial parent
  • A parent’s overall fitness and mental and physical health
  • The child’s wishes, if they are mature enough to have a say
  • The overall stability of the home
  • If a parent intends to remarry or live with a new partner

Providing the Personal Attention You Deserve

Whether you are going through a divorce, or if your situation has changed and you need to modify your custody agreement, the Law Firm of Caryl Jacobs Gabe, Ltd. may be able to help. At our firm, we are dedicated to providing clients throughout the North and Northwest Suburbs of Chicago with skilled legal service tailored to their family’s needs. Our Cook County child custody lawyers focus on practical solutions for complex and emotionally charged issues, allowing you to concentrate on what matters most.

To retain the legal service of our experienced child custody lawyer, fill out an online free case evaluation form today.

Rave Reviews from
Happy Clients

  • A true professional in every sense of the word.

    “I have known Caryl for quite a few years now and anyone looking for a family law attorney, she is the only one I recommend to all my clients. A true professional in every sense of the word.”


  • It's nice going into the court room knowing that your lawyer is 3 steps ahead of the competition!

    “Carly Gabe and her staff provided me with A+ legal advice and the counseling support to help me come out of the divorce in good spirits and ready for my new life. It's nice going into the court room knowing that your lawyer is 3 steps ahead of the competition!”


  • She has always shown the utmost respect and professionalism.

    “I have known Caryl for many years and have had numerous family law cases against her. She has always shown the utmost respect and professionalism.”


  • Their professionalism was second to none.

    “Caryl and her staff were outstanding from start to finish. I really appreciate all of the hardwork and dedication to my case. Their professionalism was second to none. I would highly recommend them, and thank them for making a difficult time in my life tolerable.”


  • I will be recommending many more people to her. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you.

    “I came to Caryl initially to get some legal advise, and I was so impressed with her calm demeanor in our initial consultation that I came back to her a week later and filed for divorce. The process was so quick and easy. All my questions were answered in an expeditious and honest manner. I will be recommending many more people to her. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you.”