Jack P. Cranley, Attorney at Law

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Child Visitation Rights and Parenting Time in the Edwardsville, Illinois Area

It can be hard for a non-custodial parent to deal with the fact that their parental responsibilities have been infringed upon, and that your relationship with your child will forever be compromised. Action Law Center will make sure this isn’t the case. With an adequate amount of parenting time and child visitation agreements, relationships between children and non-custodial parents don’t have to suffer; rather, we hope it strengthens their bond.

We Help Draft Child Visitation and Parenting Agreements

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The secret to such an arrangement depends on the experience of the lawyer and their ability to draft a resolution that considers both the child’s best interests and the best interest of the family as a whole. Divorces are hard and families are complicated, but nobody understands more than Action Law Center that both parents play an important role in a child’s upbringing. Our attorneys help draft a visitation schedule that is designed to maximize the involvement in your child’s life that simultaneously serves the best interests of your child.

No Standard Visitation Schedule Under Illinois Law

In the state of Illinois, there isn’t a standard visitation schedule. In fact, the law is specific about involving the maximum about of time for both parents because it is in the best interests of the child.

An effective visitation or parenting schedule is greatly determined by the family’s unique needs and practical considerations of the family involved. These can include:

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Action Law Center wants you to know that parental visitation rights and child support are separate and distinct legal matters. For example, if you have missed a child support payment, you can’t be denied your parental visitation rights as a result. If the custodial parent does attempt to hinder your visitation rights, that constitutes an unlawful visitation interference.

Governing Parenting Time for Those Without Majority of Parental Responsibility (750 ILCS 5/602.8)

Sec. 602.8. Parenting time by parents not allocated significant decision-making responsibilities.
  1. A parent who has established parentage under the laws of this State and who is not granted significant decision-making responsibilities for a child is entitled to reasonable parenting time with the child, subject to subsections (d) and (e) of Section 603.10 of this Act, unless the court finds, after a hearing, that the parenting time would seriously endanger the child’s mental, moral, or physical health or significantly impair the child’s emotional development. The order setting forth parenting time shall be in the child’s best interests pursuant to the factors set forth in subsection (b) of Section 602.7 of this Act.
  2. The court may modify an order granting or denying parenting time pursuant to Section 610.5 of this Act. The court may restrict parenting time, and modify an order restricting parenting time, pursuant to Section 603.10 of this Act.
  3. If the street address of the parent allocated parental responsibilities is not identified, pursuant to Section 708 of this Act, the court shall require the parties to identify reasonable alternative arrangements for parenting time by a parent not allocated parental responsibilities, including but not limited to parenting time of the minor child at the residence of another person or at a local public or private facility.

(Source: P.A. 99-90, eff. 1-1-16.)

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Modification of Child Visitation Settlements

As with any family law proceeding, visitation and parenting time are subject to the jurisdiction of the court. Children’s needs and schedules drastically change as they get older. The circumstances of each family can change, too. Modifying visitation schedules can also be beneficial to the child. If a modification is arranged, the non-custodial parent’s child support obligations can be subjected to change, as well.