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Child Custody Terminology Explained

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There are many frequently used phrases that describe various child custody arrangements. Although they may explain underlying purposes, many are not legal terms recognized under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Some popular child custody terms include:

Sole custody

Joint custody

Residential custody

Legal custody

Full custody

Split custody

Shared custody

Needless to say, it’s easy to see why so much confusion arises when discussing child custody. The State of Illinois legally recognizes two types of child custody arrangements: sole custody and joint custody. read more

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Child Custody Arrangements Versus Child Support

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Child Custody Arrangements Versus Child Support

While child custody arrangements and child support impact one another, legally, they are separate concepts.  A parent still has visitation rights even if child support is delayed or has not been paid. This is an obligation that should still be followed by the residential parent, despite the frustration they may experience from a lack of financial support.

Per Section 505 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the residential parent is typically entitled to child support from the non-custodial parent.  A common misconception is that child support does not apply in joint custody scenarios.  Joint custody is a legal principle and does not impact whether there is a designated residential parent, who would most likely receive child support.  Child support is calculated according to percentage guidelines as set forth by statute. read more

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What Chicago Family Law Firms Might Not Tell You

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It has become increasingly undeniable that we live in a very litigious society. Even with simple tasks such as entering to win a free cup of coffee, getting a new credit card or signing up for an email list, you are bombarded with extensive, confusing legal jargon. Moreover, when dividing assets during a divorce or negotiating child custody arrangements, things can get really convoluted to a lay person. We certainly can’t change the way the world works, but we can try to bring some simplicity into your lives, by sharing information on what many Chicago family law firms may not tell you. read more

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