Understanding Child Custody in Illinois
Child custody cases are a priority with Murphy Dunn, P.C. While our attorneys try many child custody cases in the Peoria and Central Illinois area, the majority of cases we handle are ultimately settled by lengthy and hard fought negotiation.
Our belief is that two parents acting rationally and with the help of two experienced family law attorneys will make a better decision regarding the care and custody of their children than will one judge who barely knows you. However, that does not always work. In those cases, we are there for you to litigate the issues in a favorable manner for you to win custody.
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
In Illinois, there used to be two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Illinois custody laws changed on January 1, 2016. To eliminate the feeling that one parent was winning control and the other was losing control, courts now distribute parental responsibilities between the parents. The court may allocate parental responsibilities, to one parent or both parents. These responsibilities include the right to make and be involved in major decisions concerning the health care, education and religion of your child or children.
Physical custody commonly refers to where a child lives. Parents could have shared or on parent could have sole physical custody, with the other parent entitled to visitation. Visitation is now referred to as parenting time. Like visitation, parenting time refers to a schedule that is negotiated between the parents and their attorneys.
Custody issues are the most important issue you can have in a divorce case and should not be taken lightly. You need a high-quality custody lawyer to assist you in this area of the law no matter what.
Resolving Child Custody Disputes
In Illinois, child custody is determined by the best interests of the children. If the two parents cannot agree on the child’s best interests, then Illinois courts will require that the parents participate in mediation .
Founding attorney G. Edward Murphy is a certified family law mediator. We can help you mediate or arbitrate a child custody dispute.
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