Illinois parents who are seeking sole physical custody of their children need to be as prepared as possible when facing a judge. This is because that judge may rule in a manner that may be surprising to a parent who may believe that the facts give credence to a claim of sole custody. Parents should also consider whether or not to create a parenting agreement with their former spouse as opposed to going to court.
This may be better for the children while also resulting in a more predictable outcome for both parents. It is also important for parents to understand that sole or primary physical custody of a child does not necessarily shut the other parent out of the child's life. In most cases, the noncustodial parent will be granted visitation rights.