For Illinoisans with children, one of the hardest divorce issues to resolve is child custody. Parents love their children; they want their children to live with them. But when parents separate, there are two parents and, at times, only one child. That math means only one parent can have custody at a time. In dealing with this scarcity, some parents can develop a custody arrangement amicably while other parents need a court to decide for them.
Custody comes in several shapes and sizes, namely legal and physical. Legal custody refers to who gets to make key decisions about the child's religion, education and health care. Physical custody, on the other hand, involves where the child lives most of the time.