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Custodial Parent

Please note that the legal information presented on this page is written for those living in the state of Illinois.

What Does it Mean?

The custodial parent is the parent with primary custody of a child. In other words, a custodial parent is a child's main caregiver.

Things You Should Know

A custodial parent is considered the legal parent of a child. If the child has another legal parent, they are considered the child's non-custodial parent.

To become a child's custodial parent, a judge must give the parent primary custody in court. This court order is called a parenting plan.

Two parents that have joint-custody of a child would both be the child's custodial parent.

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