Parenting time, previously known as visitation, can have a significant impact on the relationship between a parent and child. Issues regarding the time you spend with your child often come up in the context of divorce, but they can also arise in paternity situations. Regardless of how parenting time affects your life, you no doubt experience some frustration when trying to understand your rights. Plus, emotions can run high with these matters because they touch you so personally.
Our Evanston parenting time lawyers at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. empathize with your situation. We realize that it can be difficult to grasp how Illinois law affects your life, but we have the knowledge and experience to protect your rights in parenting time matters. Please visit our website or give us a call at 312-624-7645 to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn about parenting time by reading on for an overview.
In a divorce case, parenting time is an issue a court will address once a judge makes a decision on allocation of parental responsibilities, i.e., custody. If the child’s parents were not married, the question is raised after paternity has been established. A non-residential parent has a right to parenting time so long as there is no history or threat of violence, criminal activity, or other factors that make such an arrangement inappropriate.
Under Illinois law, various factors impact parenting time and visitation. The best interest of the child is the primary consideration in such a case, but there are other statutory sections that relate to parenting time, including:
Our attorneys are dedicated to assisting with all aspects of parenting time matters. Parents are encouraged to agree on allocating time spent with the child, and a court will likely approve an agreement that is in accordance with the child’s best interests. We can help with negotiations on a parenting time agreement, draft the necessary documents, and assist with entering the proper court orders.
If you and the child’s other parent cannot agree, our lawyers will represent you in court. We have litigation skills and extensive experience in the courtroom, so we can help you obtain a favorable outcome regarding your parenting time goals.
Parenting time is not such an overwhelming, anxiety-inducing concept when you have skilled attorneys by your side to help you navigate the complex issues. For more information on how our firm can assist with parenting time, please contact the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. to set up a free initial consultation. We represent clients throughout Chicagoland, including Evanston, Cook County, and the surrounding areas, and we can help you, too.