Does a mom have to be unfit before a dad has a shot at custody in Illinois?

Not anymore. Some people believe that mothers are still favored by the courts when it comes to their kids and while that may be true in the subconscious mind of a judge, I suppose just the opposite could be true. Legally, parents have equal rights to custody of their kids regardless of gender. The court must consider what is in the best interests of a child based on a variety of factors. 

Carol O'Connor Cadiz
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