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Schaumburg Family Law Attorney

The Three Types of Child Custody

June 2, 2016
Posted By: Robert M. Kaplan
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Unfortunately, when parents split up, children are often left in the middle. Because it can be an emotional time, it can often be a good idea to hire an attorney. If you are looking for a child custody attorney in Hoffman Estates, we are here to help. 

Three Categories of Child Custody 

  • Sole custody
  • Visitation
  • Joint Custody

Sole custody means that one parent will have total and complete custody of any children. This is common in cases of abuse, substance abuse, sexual misconduct, or criminal violations. It can also be the case for parents suffering from mental illness or who are emotionally incapable of providing children with safety, the essentials, and emotional support. Even in cases of sole custody, visitation is often granted except in very extreme cases.


Visitation occurs when one parent has custody of the child and calls the shots. The other parent has the opportunity to see their child. Visitation may be supervised or unsupervised depending upon the situation.

Joint Custody

Joint custody means that parents share the responsibility for the upbringing of the child. More frequent visits, often several a week, and alternating holidays is fairly commonplace for joint custody situations. This will involve more cooperation between both parents. There will often be a trade-off between the parents regularly and the children benefit by being able to spend time with both of their parents.

During custody battles, your attorney can make sure that the outcome is fair and reasonable for both you and your child. Choosing a child custody attorney in Hoffman Estates can be confusing and a bit overwhelming. We encourage you to contact our law offices to see if we are a good fit.

Call Our Schaumburg Law Firm for a Consultation

We welcome you for a consultation and are committed to helping you achieve a structured child custody system that benefits your child and protects your rights.

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