Goldstein Law Offices: Creating Workable Custody Arrangements

When a couple decides to separate, they must make decisions regarding the ongoing care of their minor child or children. This process is often emotionally challenging and charged with conflict as parents work to find a shared parenting schedule that fits the needs of the child and the parents. For help creating a practical custody agreement that will work for your family, turn to Goldstein Law Offices  — a family law firm whose lead attorney has more than 40 years of experience.

Shared Responsibilities

Illinois custody laws separate custody into two parts, legal custody and physical custody. Physical custody determinations decide where the child will live and the amount of time the child will spend with the nonresidential parent. Legal custody determines if one or both parents will have decision making power over their child’s upbringing.

If you and your spouse can amicably make decisions, joint allocation may be a good fit. However, if decision-making was a source of conflict during your relationship, sole allocation may be a better choice. Note, parents can have shared allocation of parental responsibilities, even if the child only lives with one parent.

The Best Interests Of The Child

Family law courts base child custody decisions upon the best interests of the child standard. When making custody decisions, Illinois courts consider:

  • What is in the child’s best interest
  • The wishes of the child and the parents
  • The relationships the child has with each parent, siblings and other parties, such as a grandparent, that affect the child’s best interests
  • The child’s ties to the community, including home and school
  • The physical and mental health of the parents, child and other individuals involved
  • The ability of each parent to encourage and foster an ongoing relationship between the child and the other parent
  • Any issues of abuse or domestic violence
  • Whether or not either parent is a sex offender

Find Your Solution Today

To discuss your current child custody or custody order modification needs with a lawyer, schedule a free phone consultation. Reach our Highland Park office by calling 847-926-0300. Or email us to arrange yours.