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Electronic Parenting Time in Illinois Divorce Cases

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Naperville divorce lawyer electronic parenting timeIt is important to be mindful of your children during the divorce process. Their lives are changing in many different ways, and they need to have some sort of stability during the process. After a divorce has been finalized, and the division of parenting time has been determined, it is important to have a schedule in which a child knows they are going to be able to see their parents at a designated time. 

No matter how devoted a parent is to their child, there may be circumstances beyond their control which do not allow them to be present during their scheduled parenting time. If that is the case, Illinois is a state that allows for electronic parenting time or visitation for parents. Electronic parenting time involves the parent spending time with the child using a video call, a phone call, email, or other messaging system. Modern technology makes it easier than ever for parents to be present in their child’s lives, even if they are hundreds or thousands of miles away, and parents should be sure to understand how best to use these tools to maintain a close connection with their children. 

Who Is Eligible for Electronic Parenting Time?

Not every parent or child will need to use or be eligible for electronic parenting time. This solution should not be used in cases involving abuse or habitual deviance from the schedule that was defined in the divorce decree. Electronic parenting time is typically used under extraordinary circumstances, or when it is in the child’s best interests, such as the following cases:

  • One parent is in the military and has been deployed to active duty or stationed far away.
  • A parent has a job which requires them to travel regularly for work.
  • A parent has a physical or mental ailment which prevents them from traveling and/or having physical visitation for a period of time. 

Requesting Electronic Parenting Time

Electronic parenting time is not guaranteed to divorced parents. Each couple can work out the details of their parenting plan during their divorce, and they may be able to use mediation to reach an agreement. However, if they are unable to agree, a court may have to decide for them. The court will act in the best interests of the child, and a judge may or may not agree to set forth a provision for electronic parenting time. 

Contact a DuPage County Divorce Attorney

If you need assistance working out the details of your parenting plan, requesting an order for electronic parenting time, or resolving any other issues in your divorce case, the compassionate and knowledgeable lawyers at Anderson & Associates, P.C. can provide the legal help you need. Our Wheaton divorce lawyers will work with you to reach a resolution that protects your children’s best interests. Call 630-653-9400 to set up a free consultation.

Sources:

http://ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=2086&ChapterID=59&SeqStart=8300000&SeqEnd=10000000

 

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