March 03, 2015
Just about anyone who is a parent will tell you that their kids are the most important part of their life. That doesn’t change when a couple decides to end their marriage and go their separate ways. In fact, parents often tend to focus even more on their children when they are going through a divorce. Like most anywhere else in the country, there are two kinds of child custody arrangements in Illinois: sole custody and joint custody. Let’s take a look at the differences.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that for many parts of Illinois, the default ruling is for joint custody. That means if you want sole custody you have to prove to the court why you should have it. However, in some southern parts of Illinois, the default ruling is for sole custody and if you want joint custody you have to prove to the court why custody should be shared.
In any case, there are several important aspects the court will look at as it determines which type of custody is best. The overriding factor in every child custody matter is always the best interest of the children. These are some, but not all, of the factors that the court will look at when making custody decisions:
Obviously, child custody issues are extremely important and they can be the most difficult part of any divorce that involves children. At the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group we understand how child custody laws work in Illinois, including in the Chicago area. We know that you don’t want to lose your custody, support and visitation rights. If you would like to learn more about child custody laws in Illinois, then please visit our child custody page. You can also get experienced help by contacting us online or by calling 312-445-8830.