If you are divorced, and the non-custodial parent of a child, you may be concerned about the amount of time you get to spend with your child. If you and your child have a healthy relationship and some person or circumstance prohibits regular visitation time, you should consider calling a family law attorney. Custody and visitation matters are complex. An experienced lawyer can explain your rights and help you understand your options for spending time with your child.
Our firm, Andrea Heckman Law, was specifically founded to serve clients in divorce and child visitation cases. We welcome your contact about this issue. You have the legal right to see your children, and that right should be protected.
Your child’s age is considered when the court determines how reasonable your parenting time or visitation requests may be. The circumstances of your visits are also considered. However, according to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, child visitation may only be severely restricted if it would endanger the child’s physical, mental, moral, or emotional health.
Once the court allows visits with your child in the divorce decree, denial or interference with the visits cannot legally occur. In some cases, your spouse, the child’s stepparent, or other parties might attempt to interfere with your visits. In such cases, you have the right to complain to the police. After two citations, the people who are obstructing your visits can be charged with a misdemeanor.
You have rights with regard to having your child removed from the state of Illinois if removal would interfere with your parental visitation rights. In addition, you may request a change, or modification, to your divorce decree if you would like to set up different circumstances for child visitation.
We invite you to contact us regarding your child visitation concerns. We can work to help you protect your relationship with your child.
Please contact our law office in Rolling Meadows for legal assistance with divorce, child custody, or visitation issues. We serve clients in the Chicago metropolitan area who need the help of an experienced and dedicated family law attorney.