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One of the most emotionally-tumultuous aspects of a divorce is determining who will retain custody of the children. Like you, our experienced child custody attorneys want to ensure the decisions made on behalf of your children are truly in their best interests. After over 50 years of combined experience in practicing family law in Illinois, the professionals at Abramovitch Blalock & McKinnon, LLC are prepared to give you legal advice throughout the custody determination, offer reasonable collaborative services, and fight aggressively on your behalf in court.

We are backed by a record of success! Call our practiced child custody lawyers  to schedule a free consult at (312) 372-1639 for your case!

Types of Custody in Illinois

The state of Illinois allows for several different custody options to differentiate for unique family needs.

The laws allow for options such as:

  • Joint legal custody
  • Joint physical custody
  • Sole legal custody
  • Sole physical custody
  • Grandparent visitation rights
  • Parenting plans
  • Child choice when over 14 years old

Defining Joint Custody

Parents with joint custodyBecause the state of Illinois has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act, parents have the option of joint custody and grandparent visitation rights. In a joint custody situation, the child may spend equal time living with both parents, which is known as joint physical custody. In a joint legal custody, a child’s parents share decision-making rights and responsibilities, which usually involves areas such as the child’s education, medical care, and religious upbringing.

The specifics of where the child will spend specific dates, holidays, and what grandparent visitation will look like are typically decided by the parents during the mediation meetings outside of court.

Understanding Sole Custody

In some cases, it is in the child’s best interests to live with one parent (sole physical custody), to be under the legal decision-making powers of one parent (sole legal custody), or both. If you are going through a divorce and you have a child who is 14 years old or older, be aware that the court may allow for the child’s choice to have weight in determining which parent they will live with.

Call a Chicago custody lawyer from Abramovitch Blalock & McKinnon, LLC at (312) 372-1639. We have quality experience and professional court expertise to handle your case.

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