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Illinois Child Custody Laws

All states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act (UCCA), which minimizes interstate child custody conflicts and allows for better enforcement. But child custody laws mostly come from the state. Illinois child custody laws allow for joint custody and recognize grandparent visitation rights, while considering a child's own wishes when making custody rulings.

The main provisions of Illinois child custody laws are listed in the table below. See FindLaw's Child Custody section for more articles and resources.

Code Section 750 ILCS 5/601, 602, 607
Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted 1979
Joint Custody an Option? Yes, 750 ILCS 5/602.1
Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized? Yes, 750 ILCS 5/607(b)-(e)
Child's Own Wishes Considered? Yes

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Illinois child custody attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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