Divorce can be an emotionally difficult experience for spouses and children alike. For many Illinois residents who are thinking about divorce, child custody matters often are among the most contentious. Whether you have questions about different types of custody or have concerns about how the court will make its custody determination, we can assist you. At OSH Law, we have extensive experience handling many different types of family law issues, and we understand the nuances involved in a complex child custody case.
When you are going through a divorce and have concerns about child custody, it is extremely important to have a dedicated, responsible advocate on your side. As a DuPage County child custody attorney, Otto S. Hurtado is committed to providing personalized representation for each client and addressing the particular facts involved in your case.
At OSH Law, we want our clients to know that they have an experienced family law advocate who is committed to helping parents with all of their child custody questions. If you are thinking about filing for divorce and will need to deal with child custody issues, it is important to have an idea of how Illinois courts determine custody.
In our state, Illinois courts make custody decisions based upon what is in the best interest of the child. Two types of custody exist:
It is important for parents to understand that custody does not simply refer to the amount of time that each parent spends with the child. Rather, the difference between sole and joint custody is a matter of decision making: with sole custody, only one parent makes the major decisions related to the child, and with joint custody, both parents make the major decisions related to the child. What kinds of decisions need to be made? For example:
Remember, Illinois courts usually will award joint custody only in situations where the parents have made clear that they will be able to cooperate in matters concerning their children. And in cases of joint custody, both parents must be involved in major decisions related to the child. In other words, one parent cannot make a significant decision concerning the child without consulting with the other parent. When parents have joint custody, the court usually will give one of the parents residential custody, which simply means that the child will live primarily with that parent. To be sure, custody is about decision making which concerns the child and not about access to the child.
At OSH Law, our family law team knows that child custody issues can be complicated. With years of experience advocating for clients in a variety of family law matters, we understand the no two cases are alike. Contact us today at 331-248-8190 to speak with an experienced DuPage County child custody attorney. We serve clients throughout Kane County, DuPage County, Kendall County, and DeKalb County.