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Physical custody is where your daughter lives - you can have full physical custody where she lives with you and only visits him or you can have joint physical.
As far as legal custody - which means decision making ability - you have sole or joint. Generally courts do joint in *almost* all cases.
yes, you'd file where you live.
You would file a motion for custody and child support (or one or the other). I pulled the filing fees for Cook County - yours will be very similar. See attached: http://188.8.131.52/forms/pdf_files/CCG0603.pdf
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For your county.
You would provide your financials and he would have to provide his - and a child support calculator application makes the determination. If you don't know his address there are process servers that can find him for you. You can file for full legal custody - I just want you to have all the information as to the likelihood of everything. I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions or you need me to clarify anything. Could you also please take a moment to submit a rating if you're satisfied with your assistance; this will not cost you anything extra but it's the only way I get credit for assisting you.
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It's all on that page.
We have addressed the following topics already:
1. I would like to know what I should do? Do I need to file for full custody with the court to protect me and her? What are my rights as a mother?
2. So what are the differences in the custody's?
3. Ok, so I live in Macoupin county is that where I would file?
4. and what would I need to file? do you know what the fees are for filing?