Every state has their own unique statutes that address child custody. However, Illinois parents might be interested to learn that most child custody statues are written with the same goal, which is to further the best interests of the child. Courts around the country use similar factors in determining what is in a child's best interest. The gender of a parent is rarely, if ever, a factor in child custody orders.
The wishes of the children are often considered along with the wishes of the parents. The bond between a child and his or her parents as well as sibling relationships are factors. How willing and able one parent is to nurture a relationship between the other parent and their child might influence a decision. The general health and ages of parents and children are taken into account. How well children adapt to their surroundings, including their home and their school, is important. Past experience as the primary care giver is considered.