Kane County Visitation and Parenting Time Attorneys

Batavia Child Visitation Law Firm

Divorce Lawyers Serving St. Charles, Elgin, and Aurora

Child visitation orders must accommodate the paramount consideration of assuring the child's welfare. Recent updates to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act have renamed parental visitation as parenting and, but provides that a legal parent is entitled to reasonable parenting time with his or her child unless the parent presenst a serious danger to the child. Visitation or parenting time arrangements can be modified. The statute provides that a parenting time or visitation order may be amended to serve the best intersts of the child. Grandparent visitation rights have been controversial, but there are agreements and court orders providing for grandparent visitation rights that are enforceable in court.

The parenting time statute does not contain any standard visitation schedule. However, local court rules may contain standard or suggested schedules. The experienced attorneys of Goostree Law Group, can help provide a schedule based upon your situation. The court can consider numerous factors in determining parenting time rights and scheduling, including the age of the child, the relationship between the parent and child, the distance between the parent and child, the school schedule and any other factors affecting the best interest of the child.

Parenting Time and the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

One of the frequently asked questions involves the difference in parenting time schedules depending on whether it is one or both parents have been granted decision-making authority regarding the child.The short answer might be that there is no difference. In either case the schedule may be identical. There may be an implication that because the parents have opted for shared parenting arrangement that each parent may have greater responsibility and more parenting time by agreement; however, sole decision-making situation can provide for as much parenting time as one in which decision-making responsbilities are shared.

Such arrangements were previously known as sole and joint custody, but those terms have recently been eliminated from Illinois law. The have been replaced with a more fluid, cooperative approach to allocating parental reponsibilities, including parenting time.

Most questions of visitation or parenting time have to do with scheduling and the rules or restrictions. The schedule can depend on the age of the child, the parents' schedules, whether is it during the school year or summer, the distance between the parents and any other factor affecting the best interest of the child.

At Goostree Law Group, we have suggested schedules and suggested guidelines for many different situations. We can review and discuss holiday schedules, homework, alcohol usage, overnight guests and many other issues that can be considered. We can advise you what is standard, what to do about holidays, what may and may not work, and how to build in flexibility for family events.

Please contact the divorce attorneys of Goostree Law Group at 630-584-4800 to ask a question or set up a confidential free initial consultation regarding Illinois parenting time rights.

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Goostree Law Group

Goostree Law Group

 555 S. Randall Road, Suite 200
St. Charles, IL 60174

 630-584-4800

 400 S. County Farm Road, Suite 300
Wheaton, IL 60187

 630-407-1777

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