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Three Common Questions Regarding Child Custody in Illinois

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child custody in Illinois, Naperviille family law attorneyChild custody and child support battles are some of the most difficult and stressful aspects of a divorce. To make matters worse, the laws governing this procedure are complex. This has led to more than a few misconceptions about divorce, as well as countless questions. Each child custody case is unique, and laws vary from state to state. This is why the advice of an experienced attorney may prove invaluable. A skilled Illinois family law attorney can answer your questions and address your concerns.

The follow questions are common inquiries lawyers often receive from child custody clients:

1. Is Joint Custody the “Default” Judgment for Courts?

Joint custody is not the default judgment. Courts in Illinois focus specifically on the most beneficial outcomes for the children involved. According to the Illinois General Assembly, the judge will consider several factors including the physical and mental health of both parents, the location of the child’s home, and any specific needs of the children.

2. Will All of My Children Have the Same Custody Arrangement?

Just as in the first custody question, the answer always depends on the specifics of the case. If keeping brothers and sisters together will continue a positive lifestyle for children of a divorce, the judge will explore this option. There are times, however, when the courts may award custody of different children to each parent.

3. Will My Child’s Mother be the Assumed Custodial Parent?

One of the most popular misconceptions is that the mother is the “go-to” parent for custody or that the courts will not consider the father unless the mother is “unfit.” This is untrue. Illinois courts will review the child’s best interests when awarding custodial rights above all else.

Family Law Attorneys in DuPage County, Illinois

If you would like to speak with an experienced DuPage County family law attorney, contact Pesce Law Group, P.C. at 603-352-2240. Our law firm offers three convenient Chicagoland locations in Naperville, Oak Brook, and Burr Ridge.

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