Child Custody Attorney
Child Custody refers to the parenting arrangements that divorcing parents agree upon or that the court orders for care of the children. There are several possible parenting arrangements for child custody:
Physical Custody refers to living arrangements and includes daily care, providing food, clothes and proper hygiene for the child.
Legal Custody refers to parental decisions regarding education, religious upbringing, healthcare, discipline, social activities and other child rearing responsibilities.
Joint Custody refers to parenting arrangements where the parents share responsibilities for legal custody and both are involved in making major decisions regarding child rearing. It also refers to shared physical custody where the child spends time living with both parents.
Sole Custody refers to a parenting arrangement where one parent has legal and physical custody of the child and the other parent has visitation rights.
Shared Custody is becoming more and more popular as a viable parenting solution. Typically, the parents share parenting time with the children on an equal basis. Neither parent is designated as the residential parent, and they share all responsibilities related to raising the children. This arrangement is more successful when the parents reside relatively near to one another enabling the children to move easily between homes.
Unless there has been ongoing abuse of the child or some other compelling reason, Illinois courts usually consider it to be in the best interest of the child to arrange for joint custody as long as the parents are capable of cooperating with each other and residential circumstances allow for joint custody.
At McPherson Harry & Associates, P.C., whenever possible we take a collaborative law approach to custody, listening to the parents concerns and weighing what is in the best interest of the child. We also advocate protection of your parental rights, and once a parenting plan has been decided, we prepare a Joint Parenting Agreement to minimize post-decree litigation. Regardless, we offer representation to ensure that the plan is enforced.