On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, December 19, 2014.
A parent plays a unique and irreplaceable role in the life of their child. At the Stange Law Firm, PC, we want to see this relationship preserved after a child’s parents separate or divorce. Sadly, though, this is not always the viewpoint of all parents, and many do find themselves entrenched in a custody battle. This is where we step in to provide guidance.
If you are a parent who is going to be fighting for custody, it helps to know the basics. In Illinois, there are two main types of custody: physical custody and legal custody.
Physical custody deals with where the child lives. In cases where the split is close to even, this is called joint physical custody. In cases where the split is disproportionate, this is typically referred to as sole physical custody. The parent without sole physical custody normally has visitation rights and temporary custody.
It should be noted, in all custody situations, it is important for the child-parent relationship to be maintained.
In addition to physical custody, there is also legal custody. This involves one parent or both parents having the legal right to make decisions for their children, including those related to health care and religious upbringing. Just like with physical custody, the courts also prefer to award joint legal custody to both parents.
At the Stange Law Firm, PC, we seek out solutions that allow both parents to maintain a healthy relationship with their child. We provide guidance around what actions can be taken before court, as well as assist in the courtroom.