Child custody and parenting time issues can be very confusing. Sometimes people are under the impression that if they do not have custody, they do not get to see their children except at the whim of the custodial parent. The truth is that one parent can have sole custody, while the other parent retains the right to have significant parenting time and contact with the child.
At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our attorneys work with parents who have questions about visitation during divorce or who need to modify a parenting time schedule after a divorce. We strive to be realistic and find solutions that will work with your family’s busy schedule, while still allowing children to maintain relationships with their parents.
Custody and parenting time agreements are oftentimes negotiated between the parties. Even if you do not have primary residential custody of your child, both parents have a statutory right to have liberal and extensive parenting time with their child. The parenting time, however, must be reasonable and within realistic bounds given the schedules of children and their activities and parents’ working schedules.
Parents who can work together are in the best position to answer these questions. If the parents reach an agreement, the court only need to approve the arrangement. Issues that are important in any custody and visitation negotiation include:
If the parents are unable to communicate sufficiently to co-parent the child, the parent who is awarded residential custody will also probably have sole custody. Even in this case, under Illinois law, the noncustodial parent has the right to liberal visitation or parenting time — parents have the constitutional right to see their children, and which parent has custody does not impact this right.
The right to visit your child is also unaffected by your ability to pay child support. Even in cases where an order of protection prevents one parent from being in contact with the other parent, that parent still has a right to visit his or her child. As your Chicago parenting time lawyer, we will fight to protect your rights to see your children.
If you have any doubts about your rights with respect to your children, it is important that you see a Chicago divorce lawyer. To learn more about how we can help you with your parenting time concerns, contact our Illinois visitation and parenting time law firm or call our office at 312-624-7645.