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Park Ridge Family Law Attorneys For Visitation Rights

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Lawyers for Child Visitation and Parenting Time in Cook County and DuPage County

When you are a parent, your children are likely the most important part of your life, and you spend much of your time caring for them and ensuring that their needs are met. If your relationship with your children's other parent has broken down, and you expect to get a divorce, you will want to make sure you can continue to provide the daily care your children deserve. To protect your parental rights and ensure that you and your children will be together as much as possible following your divorce, you will want to secure representation from an experienced family law attorney.

The lawyers of Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC are dedicated to fighting for your rights and protecting your children's best interests. We are ready to do what it takes to make sure you have the most parenting time with your children, and we will aggressively advocate for an outcome that allows you to meet their needs.

Parenting Time & Visitation Under Illinois Law

Historically, when a couple got divorced, one parent was designated the "custodial parent," while the other was granted a certain amount of "visitation" with their children. However, these terms are no longer used in Illinois. Under the state's current laws, the time that both parents spend caring for children is known as "parenting time," and each parent has the right to a reasonable amount of time with their children.

A divorce decree or judgment will include a parenting plan that details how parents will share parental responsibilities, and it will also include a schedule for how parenting time will be divided. This schedule should specify which parent children will stay with on regular weekdays and weekends, and it should also address special days outside of the regular schedule, such as holidays, vacations from school, birthdays, or other important days.

Illinois courts prefer that parents work together to create an agreed parenting plan. However, there are times when this may be impossible, either because the levels of acrimony or hostility between the parties are too high, or because they simply cannot reach a compromise. In these cases, the final decisions about how to allocate parenting time may be left up to a judge.

If your negotiations with your ex-spouse regarding parenting time have reached an impasse, and it becomes necessary to resolve these matters through litigation in court, our lawyers are prepared to advocate on your behalf and show why you should receive the parenting time you are requesting. We can demonstrate why you are best able to provide for your children's needs, including tracing how you have cared for your children historically and providing examples of how you are able to facilitate a relationship between your children and the other party.

If you have concerns about your children's safety due to your ex-spouse's substance abuse, mental illness, or other health issues, we can ask for restrictions to be placed on the other parent's parenting time. We can also help you understand the best ways to work with custody evaluators or other professionals who are involved in your case.

Contact an Elmhurst Parenting Time Lawyer

Whether you expect to have the majority or minority of the parenting time with your children following your divorce, you need a legal advocate on your side who can ensure that your children's best interests are protected. At Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC, our lawyers will fight for your parental rights and help you reach an outcome that will allow you to be the best parent you possibly can for your children. To schedule a consultation, contact us today at 312-605-4041. We serve clients in Cook County and DuPage County, including Chicago, Park Ridge, Skokie, Lincolnwood, River Forest, Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Burr Ridge, and Hinsdale.

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