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Wheaton Child Visitation Lawyer

Law Firm Assisting With Parenting Time Disputes in DuPage County

Glendale Heights Parenting Time Lawyer

During divorce, decisions involving children can often be the most difficult matters to resolve, since they will have major emotional and financial ramifications on the family. While divorcing parents may disagree over what is best for their children, they should strive to make their children's best interests their top priority.

One of the key decisions made during divorce is the parenting time schedule that defines the amount of time that each parent will spend with their children. Divorcing parents should be sure they understand their rights and responsibilities and do their best to work together with each other to agree on a schedule that allows both parents to be an important part of their children's lives.

With over 30 years of experience working with divorcing couples to resolve issues related to children, the family law attorneys at Anderson and Associates, P.C. can give you the legal advice you need as you work to provide the best environment for your children following your divorce.

Changes to Illinois Child Visitation Law in 2016

On January 1, 2016, a significant change to the laws governing child visitation in Illinois went into effect. Under this new law, visitation is now referred to as parenting time. Previously, one parent would typically be named the custodial parent of the parties' children, and the non-custodial parent would be granted visitation time with the children. Now, parental responsibility will be allocated between the parents, and a reasonable parenting time schedule will be determined that will allow both parents to be involved in their children's lives. With this change in the law, the state of Illinois hopes to encourage divorcing parents to cooperate as they provide for their children's best interests.

Visitation Rights

Parents have a right to the parenting time with their children specified in the schedule set forth in their divorce decree. One parent cannot restrict or deny the other parent's parenting time because of any personal disagreements between the parties or any other issues related to the divorce, such as the non-payment of child support or spousal maintenance. However, parenting time can be denied if a parent believes a child is in physical, mental, or emotional danger. In these cases, parents should always consult an attorney, and the matter should be brought before the court to decide whether a permanent change to parenting time or parental responsibility is necessary.

Legal Assistance With Parenting Time Issues

Whether you need to create a workable parenting time schedule during your divorce, modify an existing divorce decree to reflect changing life circumstances, or enforce a divorce judgment, you need an experienced child visitation attorney on your side to protect your rights and look out for your children's best interests.

At Anderson and Associates, P.C., our family law attorneys can provide legal assistance as you work to resolve any parenting time disputes during or after your divorce, and we will aggressively represent you in court, if necessary. Contact a Wheaton family law attorney at 630-653-9400 to schedule an initial consultation. From our office in Wheaton we serve clients in Naperville, Glen Ellyn, Winfield, Warrenville, West Chicago, and Glendale Heights.

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