Understanding Shared, Joint And Sole Custody

Disputes centering on child custody are best handled by the skilled Illinois lawyers at Yavitz & Levey, LLP. We focus all of the firm's resources on guiding clients through the process of divorce. No matter how complicated your situation, we are confident that we can provide exceptional representation through mediation and courtroom litigation.

When discussing custody, there are numerous distinctions to be made, including:

  • Sole custody: When one parent is awarded exclusive decision-making authority, it is called sole custody. In this situation, the custodial parent is given the ability to make decisions based on life events such as religion, education, medical treatment and extracurricular activities.
  • Joint custody: When both parents share decision-making responsibility, this is joint custody. Whether this is the result of a court order or agreement through mediation, significant decisions regarding religion, education and medical treatment must be made in a consultative fashion.
  • Shared custody: Shared custody means that the parents share legal and physical custody of the child. Physical custody refers to where the child spends his or her time, and legal custody refers to the major decisions that are made in a child's life. Both parents share custodial and decision-making authority.

If you have a child and are considering divorce, it is wise to contact our Chicago child custody attorneys. Following a confidential consultation, we will provide valuable feedback regarding the legal process and any obstacles you might face.

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