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Wheaton family law attorneyUnder Illinois divorce law, visitation is now referred to as “parenting time.” Virtual visitation is a non-custodial parent’s right to interact with his or her child using a form of electronic technology. Also known as “e-visitation,” this form of communication typically means using a webcam or real-time video such as “FaceTime” for visitation. This is especially useful if a parent and child live in separate states.

Virtual visitation can also encompass the use of additional electronic devices, such as a computer or tablet for e-mailing, sending text or instant messages, etc. This is starting to be regarded as an appropriate form of visitation. It is important to note that it is designed to supplement instead of replace physical custody of the child. 

Advantages to Virtual Parenting Time

In Illinois divorces, parental responsibility is now allocated between each parent, and a reasonable parenting time schedule is determined by the court. The ultimate goal is to allow both parents to be involved in their child’s life as much as possible. 

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Naperville Divorce Lawyers

Divorce settlements require careful consideration of many aspects of everyday life. If a couple has children, the divorce process has even more elements to work out, such as the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, formerly known for legal purposes in Illinois as child custody and visitation, respectively. 

Parental responsibility and parenting time are top priorities when negotiating a divorce decree. One related aspect is sibling and step-sibling visitation with other children in the family. If divorced parents have multiple children and custody is split between them, the siblings may wish to see one another, but a parent may try to deny visitation. Siblings can petition the court to grant them visitation when a parent denies it. 

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Establishing Visitation Orders for Non-Parents in Illinois

Glen Ellyn family law attorney grandparents' rightsDivorces are often difficult, and they can become even tougher when children are involved. Many times, for whatever reason, a parent can deny their child the right to visitation with a grandparent or other family member. Often, a child’s relationship with their grandparents, step-parents, or siblings is pertinent to their well-being. According to the state of Illinois, as long as visitation is in the best interest of the child, grandparents, siblings, and other non-parents have the right to seek visitation.

Who Can File a Petition for Visitation?

There are many instances in which a person might want to establish legal visitation with a child. In the state of Illinois, people who can file for visitation with a child are:

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