The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.


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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney, parental rights,Like other states, Illinois family courts will aim to create child custody agreements based on the child’s best interests. According to the Illinois General Assembly, the courts may consider the following factors:

  • Parents’ wishes;
  • Child's wishes;
  • How the child has adjusted at home, at school, and in the community;
  • The physical and mental health of the child, as well as the health of the parents or legal guardian;
  • The parents’ history of threats or violence toward the child, or a different member of the family or household;
  • Each parent’s desire to encourage and support the relationship of the child with the other parent;
  • The criminal history of the parents;
  • If either parent will be actively involved in military; and
  • Witness testimonies.

The court may require an investigation of any witnesses who intend to testify.

Awarding Joint Custody


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The marriage only lasted five years, but the divorce has just surpassed the 10 year mark. The case has already produced almost 600 motions and rulings – and there’s no end in sight.

This  long divorce and child custody case is playing out in a Connecticut family court between David Zilkha, a former investment advisor, and his ex-wife, Karen Kaiser. It began on August, 13, 2003, when Kaiser filed the action against Zilkha, saying the marriage had “broken down irretrievably.” The divorce was granted in May 2005, but the battle has continued to wage between the two over child custody issues involving the couple’s 12-year-old twin son and daughter and legal fees.

KerryZilkha is a British citizen and now lives in London. He hasn’t seen the children in four years, and accuses Kaiser of repeatedly lying to the court about him and alienating the children from him. A court ordered mental evaluation allegedly determined that the father has such a severe narcissistic personality disorder that he shouldn't be allowed to see the children. Kaiser says he can see the children under supervised visitation but he refuses. He claims that it would cost him $5,000 per visit.

The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.


1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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