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What Are My Options for Child Custody in Illinois?

By Nottage and Ward on July 25, 2011

During the Illinois divorce process, child custody can become one of the most highly disputed, contentious and emotional issues. In the end, experienced help may be needed to help reach an agreement that suits the needs and wants of both the children involved and the parents. Having a solid custody arrangement will help minimize everyone’s stress and reduce the emotional toll of the divorce. It will also allow each parent an opportunity to provide the best possible care they can give to their child.

Under Illinois law, child custody is broken into two parts: residential custody and legal custody. Residential custody describes which parent the child lives with, subject to parenting time with the non-custodial parent. While one parent may be the residential parent, both parents are usually given parenting time with the child.

Legal custody describes which parent has the right to make important decisions relating to the child, such as decisions regarding their education, health, and religion. For example, a parent with legal custody will decide where the child goes to school, where and how they will receive medical treatment, and more. Sole custody allows just one parent to make these important decisions for a child, while joint custody permits both parents to make them.

There is not one physical or legal child custody arrangement that is the right solution for every family. Each child custody agreement must be tailored specifically to both your needs as well as your child’s needs. At Nottage and Ward, our Chicago child custody lawyers can help you devise a plan to help guarantee that the best interests of your child are accurately presented when child custody is being determined. To learn more about your legal options, as well as to find out more about child custody in Illinois, please call our law offices at 312-332-2915.

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