Child Custody Factors – What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

Oct 18, 2023 | Child Custody

Divorce or separation is never easy, especially when children are involved. Often, one of the most contentious matters that needs to be resolved is the question of child custody – referred to as “parenting time” in the Illinois statutes. If you and your child’s other parent are unable to come to an agreement about custody, a court will decide for you. When it decides, it will weigh certain factors in order to determine what custody arrangement is in the child’s best interest.

At the Law Office of Bradley R. Tengler, P.C., we believe that everyone deserves outstanding legal representation. Based in Rockford, Illinois, and serving the surrounding areas, our commitment is to ensure that the interests of both children and parents are protected.

What Factors Do Illinois Courts Consider in Child Custody Cases

Child custody determinations hinge on a variety of factors, all geared towards one primary objective: the best interests of the child.  According to Illinois law, when a court determines a child’s best interest, it should consider all relevant factors. Some of the specific factors the state statute directs courts to consider include:

  • The parents’ wishes
  • The child’s wishes
  • The amount of time each parent spent as a caregiver in the two years prior to the determination of custody
  • The way the child interacts with each parent, the child’s siblings, and anyone else that significantly affects the child’s best interests
  • The child’s adjustment to his or her school, community, and home
  • The mental and physical health of everyone involved
  • The needs of the child
  • The distance between where each parent lives, the cost of getting the child back and forth, and the ability of the parents to cooperate
  • Whether either parent used violence or the threat of violence against the child or another member of the household
  • Whether there was any abuse in the home

Importantly, the final factor listed in the state is “any other factor the court expressly finds to be relevant.” As a result, judges have significant discretion when making decisions about child custody. For this reason, if you are involved in a child custody dispute, you should retain an attorney immediately.

An experienced lawyer will be able to evaluate the circumstances of your case and put together the strongest possible argument in favor of the child custody arrangement you are seeking.

Call a Rockford Child Custody Lawyer Today

Child custody issues can be complex and emotionally charged. However, understanding the factors that come into play can provide clarity and direction and can ensure that your dispute is resolved as favorably as possible.

At the Law Office of Bradley R. Tengler, P.C., we’re dedicated to providing unparalleled service for our clients in Rockford and the surrounding Illinois areas. If you’re facing child custody challenges or need guidance on family law matters, reach out to us. We believe everyone deserves the best legal representation, and we are here to provide it.

For a consultation or more information, call (815) 997-5200.