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Joint Custody Agreements — The Child Always Comes First

Question: What issues do state courts take into consideration before providing joint custody of children to a divorcing couple? Answer: In determining whether joint custody is appropriate, a judge will consider factors relevant to the best interests of the child such as each parent’s living accommodations. If the parents are awarded joint custody, they must sign a Joint Parenting Agreement, which explains each parent’s rights and responsibilities for the care of the child. For further information, consult a family lawyer.   For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.comIf you have a legal question, send it to illinoislawcolumn@isba.org. Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit http://www.illinoislawyerfinder.com