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Understanding the different types of child custody in Illinois

When two parents decide to separate or divorce, the children are often left feeling confused and uncertain about the future. While this is a difficult transition for every member of the family, it is possible to provide your child with stability and continuity of lifestyle, both during and after divorce. One of the many ways that Illinois parents do this is with a thoughtful, carefully crafted custody plan.

Two types of child custody -- legal custody and physical custody -- will affect your final parenting plan, which will outline the authority you have in the life of your child and how much time you will actually have with your child. It is therefore important to understand the differences between the two and to work with an experienced family law attorney to protect your parental rights and interests.

Tips to consider in any divorce

When you find yourself on the brink of divorce, you are undoubtedly going to feel overwhelmed at some point. You are probably feeling stressed and emotional because everything in your life is changing. You may be uncertain of what steps to take next. You are likely getting opinions and advice from all directions and are unsure of which counsel you should follow.

Just like every person is different, so is every divorce. Ending any relationship is going to be complicated to one degree or another and will bring along its own unique struggles. However, there are a few pieces of good advice that tend to apply in many divorce cases.

Seeking what's best for your children

You've survived divorce. In fact, you not only survived but are well on your way to a successful and happy future. You may be like other parents in Illinois who are looking forward to the upcoming holidays and planning all sorts of special activities to build new memories with your kids.

Perhaps everything has been going just fine, that is, until a disagreement arises regarding your request for modification of your existing visitation order. You may have been surprised that your request was met with contention.

After all, you're not the first person ever to ask for changes in a child custody or other existing court order. It happens all the time.

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