Navigating the child custody landscape

What does the term "child custody" really mean? Perhaps that was the question in the minds of Illinois legislators when they redrafted the statutes to use "allocation of significant decision-making responsibilities" in the definitions of custody. Unfortunately, if the perplexity of many of our clients is any indication, lawmakers have somewhat confused the matter in their quest for specificity.

At the Law Offices of Dwayne Douglas, P.C., we know that all families want the best for their kids. Whether that means making sure their college trusts stay intact or that the custodial spouse gets enough child support, we are ready to put in the work to make it happen.

When we take on a new divorce case, we try to set up a clear and effective channel of communication with our client. Often, this means explaining some of the more complicated points of the divorce process — and there are few relevant topics more complex than the Illinois rules on decision-making responsibilities.

An Illinois divorce court would typically require you to take the following things into consideration with regards to the ongoing care of your children:

  • Out-of-school lifestyle
  • Education
  • Health and medical concerns
  • Religious practice

We do our best to help our clients navigate these requirements, developing strong positions to secure the futures of their children.

It is one thing to understand the statutes, but guiding your negotiation to a favorable conclusion or succeeding at a formal divorce hearing would typically require more than that. Specifically, you would need to understand the case law precedents that are most relevant to your own situation. Each case is different, so this is not intended as legal advice. It is simply educational material.