How Child Visitation Works in Illinois
Every parent has the right to have visitation with their children. There are, however, exceptions. A standard type of visitation schedule might include a parent seeing their child every other weekend, one evening during the week, alternate holidays, and extra time during school breaks and summer vacation. However, many other types of visitation schedules are possible.
Both parents have the right to have custody and visitation in Illinois. There is no “tender years” doctrine that states that Mothers have priority over Fathers, or that Fathers cannot have small children overnight or in their custody. Both parents have the right to have their children with them equally. The law presumes that both parents are fit parents to have custody and visitation until proven otherwise.
Expanded Visitation Schedules
Many parents are concerned about preserving their relationships with their children following a divorce or the end of an unmarried relationship. If the standard visitation schedule does not work for you, then our attorneys will help you negotiate a visitation schedule that allows you to maintain frequent and regular contact with your children. Many types of visitation schedules are possible, up to a shared physical custody plan where the children spend fifty percent (50%) of the time with each parent.
Restricted or Supervised Visitation Plans
Just as some parents seek more visitation, other parents feel a need to restrict the amount of time the other parent spends with a child. This can be based on excessive alcohol or drug usage, cases of domestic violence, physical or sexual abuse, or other actions taken by a parent that is not in the best interests of the children.
We will help you negotiate a parenting plan that serves your children’s best interests and also protects your rights as a parent. We believe that it is very important for each parent to be able to have a relationship with his or her minor children. See our Divorce, Child Custody, and Child Support pages for related information. Contact our office for a free and confidential consultation.