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Joint Custody Attorney Chicago

Joint Custody Attorney Chicago

While the State of Illinois doesn’t address the matter of joint custody specifically, joint custody can be achieved by taking a balanced approach to both your parental responsibilities (what you may think of as legal custody) and your parenting time (what you may think of as physical custody). A joint custody approach attempts to maximize the time each parent is able to spend with the children (given the parameters involved), which is arguably in the best interests of the children (in most situations). If you are seeking joint custody, an experienced joint custody attorney in Chicago can help. 

The Matter of Legal Custody

Parental responsibilities (legal custody) refers to how you and your children’s other parent will address the matter of making those primary parenting decisions that guide your children’s upbringing, including those related to the following:

  • Their schooling
  • Their health care
  • Their religious upbringing
  • Their extracurricular activities and travel

While some parents have sole legal custody, many have joint, and this can be achieved in all the following ways:

  • You and your ex can make each of these decisions by consensus between yourselves. 
  • You and your ex can make each of these decisions by consensus between yourselves, but one of you takes on the tie-breaking authority for those instances when your mutual good-faith efforts fail to reach a consensus.
  • You and your ex can divide this decision-making authority between yourselves according to the kind of decision that needs to be made. For example, one of you may take on healthcare and religious upbringing, while the other addresses schooling and extracurriculars (or whatever makes sense for your family).

The Matter of Physical Custody

Sometimes, one parent becomes the primary custodial parent whose home is the children’s primary home and with whom the children spend most of their overnights – while the other parent has a more-limited parenting time (or visitation) schedule. While joint physical custody (or parenting time) does not necessarily mean dividing your time with the children exactly down the middle, it generally seeks more balance – allowing the children the opportunity to spend more time with both parents. There is a wide range of scheduling options that can help you achieve this balance while also addressing your family’s unique scheduling needs. 

The Best Interests of the Children

When Illinois courts make child custody decisions, the children’s best interests always take precedence, and the primary factors considered in the process include:

  • Each child’s preference (if he or she is mature enough to weigh in)
  • Each parent’s preference
  • Each parent’s overall parenting ability
  • Each child’s specific needs (including any special needs)
  • Each parent’s level of participation in raising the children to date
  • The mental and physical health of each parent and each child

Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Joint Custody Attorney in Chicago Today

The dedicated joint custody attorneys at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders in Chicago are well prepared to skillfully advocate for your parental rights and for the best possible resolution of your case. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us today.

Contact Our Illinois Divorce & Custody Law Firm Today

You will find our attorneys to be flexible, responsive, and ready to begin providing exceptional representation to protect your rights and your best interests immediately. Call our law office now at 312-624-7645 to schedule a consultation about your family law needs at no initial charge.

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