Traditionally, parents going through a divorce may have noticed that courts tend to favor the mother. In many instances in Illinois, a child custody arrangement would entail the mother getting the kids on a full-time basis with fathers only getting visitation rights or weekends. However, there is an increasingly loud push to change that and move toward a shared parenting model, though some feel proposed legislation in the state is not ideal.
Couples who choose to end their marriage often face a number of issues. Chief among those tends to be child custody. Parents must decide, sometimes with the help of a judge or attorneys, with whom the child will live and how time will be split. A new bill in Illinois would set new standards and increase visitation rights for noncustodial parents.
Unless the parents already agree, family law judges in Lake County, and elsewhere, help to sort out questions of child custody, visitation and support, among other family legal issues. The arrangements determined and signed off by judges are generally made with the best interest of the child in mind and are meant to ensure that the children are still cared and provided for, even though the parents no longer work as a couple.
The agreements to be made surrounding legal custody, visitation rights and other related topics can be complex and vary from case to case. No two set of circumstances are identical and, therefore, what is deemed to be in the best interests of the child in one situation may not be so in another, even if some facts are similar. Laws regarding child custody work to help identify the best environment for all children but they do not prevent disputes between parents.
No child custody case is ever easy. Even with the most agreeable of parents, such situations are wrought with emotion and involve difficult decisions and concessions. The ideal circumstances have two parents focused on the best interest of the child, being willing to work together. Unfortunately, that is not always the reality and many complexities arise.