A critical issue parents must address during divorce is whether they can make important decisions about their child’s life together. In Illinois, this type of arrangement is known as joint legal custody. Joint legal custody refers to situations where parents share the authority to make decisions about a child’s well-being and upbringing, including decisions about religion, health care, schooling, and other important aspects of the child’s life.
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Shared residential custody — when a child splits his or her time between both parents — can be difficult. With respect to legal custody, however, many Illinois parents are able to share joint legal custody and work together while making child-related decisions. Courts tend to prefer this arrangement, as there are many benefits, such as having a child growing up with two involved parents, as well as allowing parents to more easily put aside their differences and focus on the best interests of their child.
Our attorneys understand that a joint legal custody relationship is not always possible, however. In fact, certain parents often want sole custody not for the best interest of their child, but rather to punish their spouse. Courts will weigh all factors, including a parent’s motivations for seeking sole custody, before deciding on any custody arrangement.
When you visit our firm, we will take the time to learn about your situation and discuss whether joint or sole legal custody is in the best interests of your son or daughter. We can then negotiate with your spouse or bring a compelling argument before a judge to get the results you need.
Please contact our Chicago law office online today, or call 312-624-7656 to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to learning about your situation and sharing how we can help.
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