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Who decides child custody issues if parents disagree?

Throughout Illinois and across the nation, many families are learning to adapt to new lifestyles after parents end their marriages in court. Divorce may be chosen as the most viable option in many circumstances, but that doesn't mean it's always easy; in fact, it almost never is. Where child custody issues are concerned, emotions tend to run quite high on both sides. When parents are unable to resolve their differences, the court steps in.

So many decisions need to be made when parents divorce. Where will the children live? Should parents have shared custody or should one or the other have full custody, with visitation rights granted to the noncustodial party? The court generally believes most children are better off having ample time with both parents although sometimes extenuating circumstances prompts the court to believe otherwise.

Various situations often cause parents who disagree to become entangled in outright raging battles. This usually has a negative impact on the children. To avoid such contention, it often helps to enlist the assistance of a skilled negotiator when unsolved problems must be discussed. If parents simply can't reach an amicable agreement, the court has the final voice of authority in all matters concerning children's well-being in divorce.

McCarthy & Allen are experienced family law attorneys in Illinois. They are used to addressing problematic child custody issues, focused on achieving agreeable solutions. Most parents want what's best for their children, but sometimes disagree on the interpretation. As your ally, our legal team can help make sure your children's well-beings remain a central focal point of divorce proceedings.

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