Child Custody Frequently Asked Questions

The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., is here to help answer your child custody questions. Our attorneys have more than 110 years of combined legal experience handling all types of child custody issues in Illinois.

Our Answers To Child Custody FAQs

Our family law firm is dedicated to helping families find a better future. Our lawyers will guide you through your family law case, and answer your questions so you are informed about your options. We have a history of helping parents and families in Wheaton and throughout Illinois.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions about child custody:

How is child custody decided?

Several factors are taken into consideration when determining child custody. In Illinois, each parent is responsible for certain responsibilities of the child and is allowed parenting time or visitation, unless the parent is dangerous.

What is legal custody?

Legal custody gives the parent or guardian the right to make major parenting decisions for their child.

What is physical custody?

Physical custody determines which parent or guardian will physically live with and takes care of the child.

What does a parenting plan cover?

A parenting plan should state the parental responsibilities of each parent, including which decisions are to be shared between parents and which responsibilities each individual parent can handle. The plan can also include a schedule of when each parent is responsible for the child and which birthdays, holidays or other events will be spent with each parent.

What is parental alienation?

Parental alienation is when one parent manipulates their child to be fearful, disrespectful or hostile to the other parent.

Do I have to pay child support if I have equal parenting time?

Child support is based on specific guidelines to calculate the amount of child support you are required to pay. The amount of time you spend with your child may impact your child support obligation.

Can grandparents receive visitation rights?

Grandparents do not technically have visitation rights in Illinois. However, grandparents may receive visitation from the court if it is in the best interests of the child. Visit our page on grandparent visitation rights to learn more.

Get Your Questions Answered

Your case is unique to you. You should get answers tailored to your specific situation. Our family law attorneys are here to answer your questions. To arrange a consultation, call 630-462-9500 or contact us online.