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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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