In Illinois we have sole custody and joint custody. We have no 50/50 custody. If you have joint custody the children live with the residential parent and that is where they go to school. The other parent pays child support. The difference is in joint custody the parents share decisions regarding the health, educational, and religious decisions of the children.. Discuss these issues with your lawyer.
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Despite the way the current child support statute now reads, some judges and counties are going along with below-guideline child support in cases where the non-primary parent has significant parenting time.
First, there is no prohibition against sharing equal visitation time and the parents living in separate school districts. Yet, any order or agreement should state which party's residence should be deemed the residential household for school purposes ONLY.
As per child support, under the current law equal time does automatically mean no child support. However, equal time can be a basis for the court to accept or award neither party child support or to deviate from the statutory guidelines. Thus, if you both have equal parenting time, equally split child related expenses, and have COMPARABLE (not necessarily equal) earning capacities or income, then the court may decide to not award any support to either parent.
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