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Illinois Child Custody

In Illinois divorce, couples can come to an agreement, whether in writing or orally, on how to handle such issues as child custody, Illinois child support, Illinois alimony and Illinois property division. Any terms reached in an agreement are binding, unless the Illinois divorce court rules the terms to be unreasonable.

If child custody is left up to the Illinois divorce court to decide, several factors will determine child custody considerations, including:

  • Wishes of the parents and child
  • Relationship between the child and each parent, siblings and other people who may significantly affect the child
  • Child's adjustment to home, school and community
  • Mental and physical health of everyone involved
  • Any evidence of domestic violence or threat of physical harm
  • Ongoing and repeated abuse of the child or another person
  • Willingness of each parent to encourage a close relationship between the child and other parent

Ultimately, the Illinois divorce court must keep the best interest of the child in mind when determine child custody. Learn how the circumstances of your divorce may affect Illinois child custody arrangements by speaking with a local Illinois divorce lawyer. Get in touch with an Illinois divorce attorney near you by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out an Illinois divorce case review form. Find out what you can do to protect your relationship with your child by getting legal advice today.

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The above synopsis of Illinois divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Illinois divorce lawyer in your area.

Illinois divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.