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St. Charles family law attorneyOnce your divorce is wrapped up, you and your family will embark on new journeys and a brand new way of life. When you and your ex-spouse share children, arrangements for parenting time and the allocation of parental responsibilities must be made, resulting in new routines and a lifestyle that you and your children were not previously accustomed to before the divorce. While these new arrangements can take some getting used to, they often result in happier, healthier homes and habits for you and your children.

Depending on your family situation, however, you may wish to take other people into consideration, such as grandparents, mentors, and close family friends.  Who will have visitation rights, and what will those rights look like? How will you determine which non-parents will spend time with your children, and how will you negotiate those parameters?

Non-Parent Involvement

If the visitation rights of non-parents are not addressed in the parenting plan, they can be granted by the court using the following guidelines:

Posted on in Child Custody

grandparent-rights.The bond between a grandparent and their grandchild is special. Grandparents are the ones who bring tasty treats, impart timeless wisdom, and bend their children's rules to make memories with their grandchildren. In some families, grandparents play a much more vital role in their grandchildren's lives.

They might be their substantial, or even primary, caretakers. In its recent rewrite of the laws governing parental rights in Illinois, the state legislature acknowledged the realities that thousands of grandparents face as their grandchildren's caretakers and created new legal rights for them. Grandparents’ rights are an important part of family law. If you are a grandparent who is not sure about your rights to your grandchild, speak with an experienced family attorney to determine these rights.

Adoption Registry Rights for Grandparents

Posted on in Divorce

Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, parental rights, Not every parent is awarded joint custody with his or her former partner. In cases where one parent is awarded sole physical custody of his or her child, the other parent is often awarded visitation rights. Visitation rights are different from custodial rights in a few ways. A parent with physical custody of his or her child lives with the child at least part of the time. A parent with visitation rights spends time with the child, but the child is not a resident in the parent's home. Legal custody is the other part of a custody agreement. Legal custody allows a parent to make decisions for his or her child regarding the child's education, lifestyle, and medical care. A parent may have joint legal custody and sole physical custody, sole physical and legal custody, joint legal and physical custody, or sole legal custody and joint physical custody. The combination of custody forms that a parent has to his or her child is determined by the court according to the child's best interest.

When a parent has visitation rights to his or her child, the court may place restrictions on these rights. Like other decisions regarding a child's custody, these restrictions are in place to keep the child safe. Some examples of restrictions the court may place on a parent's visits with his or her child include:

  • Barring the parent from using alcohol or other drugs while with the child;
  • Requiring that the visits do not occur in the parent's home;
  • Requiring that the visits occur in the custodial parent's home;
  • Barring the child from staying with the parent overnight; or
  • Requiring that a third party supervise the visits.

Can A Grandparent Be Granted Visitation Rights?

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