What is full custody in Illinois?

By The Diggs Law Firm on January 15, 2020
child custody

Clients will often ask about “full custody” in Illinois. But what do you really mean, when you ask this question?

There is no such thing as “full custody” in Illinois

First things first. There is no such thing as “full custody.” When you are referring to “custody” what you really mean is the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (also known as “allocation”).

Allocation breaks down into two categories:

  • Parenting Time; and
  • Decision-Making


Parenting time breaks down into subcategories of regular parenting time, vacation time, holiday time, etc. The court uses a variety of factors to determine how to allocate parenting time between the parties.

While you cannot get “full-custody” of your child in Illinois, the Court will often assign a residential parent and non-residential parent for the purposes of the child’s address for school and/or child support.


Decision-making breaks down into several categories, the major ones being 1) healthcare, 2) education, and 3) religion. The Court considers a separate set of factors from parenting-time when determining decision-making for the minor child.

Decision-making can be allocated solely or jointly. This is determined by what the Court believes will be in the best interest of the minor child.

An attorney can assist you in discussing the specifics of your situation. They will advise on the factors the Court will consider in allocating parental responsibilities.

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Written by: Erik B. Diggs