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Illinois Action Child Welfare

Free Legal Aid provides useful information about child custody. In addition to the video here, be sure you check out other resources.

Illinois Child Custody FAQs

Illinois, like all other states, requires judges to determine child custody based on the best interests of the child. Below, you'll find answers to common questions about how Illinois courts decide this important issue. Check to learn more.

New Illinois Child Custody Law in 2016: No More “Custody” or “Visitation”

Major changes have been made to Illinois Family law in 2016. One major change is that the terms “custody” and “visitation” will no longer be used.  Instead, these matters will be referred to as “parental responsibilities” and “parenting time.” Check to learn more.


Having custody means making important decisions for a child, and spending time with them. The term "custody" is no longer used in the law. The new term is "parental responsibilities." The term "custody" is used here because it is still a common term. Check to learn more.

Illinois Child Custody

According to the Illinois Compiled Statutes 750, Chapter 5, Section 602, "the court shall determine custody in accordance with all factors related to the best interest of the child including entering an order of joint custody if the court determines that joint custody would be in the best interests of the child." Check to learn more.