DuPage Child Visitation Attorney
Visitation Agreements in Illinois
A fair and appropriate visitation schedule allows parenting time for the non-custodial parent after the divorce is finalized and the parents no longer live together. It is important for the non-custodial parent and the children of the parties to establish an appropriate and workable visitation schedule so that the children benefit from the ongoing involvement of the non-custodial parent. Although an initial visitation schedule will be entered at the time of the entry of the Judgment for divorce, often times that schedule needs to be modified or changed as time goes on and the children get older.
Michael V. LoCicero, Attorney at Law has handled all types of divorce and family law issues in his three decades representing clients in DuPage County, Cook County and throughout Chicago. Michael has the knowledge, skill and compassion to stand up for your rights to visit your child on a regular basis. Our DuPage County visitation lawyer can break down the entire process in simple terms and ensure that you walk into your hearing with the proper preparation.
To understand how visitation works, there must first be an understanding of the child custody process.
Child Custody in Illinois
Generally, there are two types of custody determinations in Illinois. Sole custody empowers the parent with sole custody to make the primary decisions in a child’s life. Joint custody/parenting, parents participate in making these decisions. Visitation rights are not determined by the type of custody a parent has. Generally speaking, the Courts believe that it is in the child’s best interest to spend time with both parents. Typically, a parenting schedule is established in a court order or joint parent agreement.
When seeking visitation rights, there are certain factors the court will take into consideration, such as:
- Employment status;
- Marital status;
- Time spent with child in the past;
- History of physical abuse;
- Living conditions in their current home;
- Schooling and activities of the children; and
- Age and needs of the children.
Limitations to a parent’s visitation can be imposed by the Court if it finds that the continued involvement of a parent may be injurious or harmful to the child. This supervised visitation may be limited in time, place and duration. It may also require that a third party be present to observe or supervise each visit. This commonly happens when the parent has a history of drug abuse, violence or alcohol abuse. However, in order to secure the most favorable visitation schedule, it is essential to have a qualified family law attorney by your side. Enlist the services of Michael V. LoCicero, Attorney at Law, and let him start fighting for you.
Contact us today at 630-932-7007 for a free consultation with a skilled DuPage County visitation lawyer. Our law office represents clients in Cook County and DuPage County, including the city of Chicago as well as Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Bensenville, Darien, Lemont, Naperville, Wheaton, and Bridgeview.