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The Law Offices of Brian A. Grady, P.C.
Attorney At Law

Itasca Bank & Trust Building
Second Floor
9 East Irving Park Road
Roselle, IL. 60172
Phone:(630) 351 - 4466
Fax: (630) 894 - 2528
E-Mail: bgrady@illinois-custody.com

 

 

Visitation/Parenting Time

A parent not granted custody of the child is entitled to reasonable visitation rights unless the court finds, after a hearing, that visitation would endanger seriously the child’s physical, mental, moral or emotional health.

Pursuant to Section 607(b)(1), the court may grant reasonable visitation privileges to a grandparent, great-grandparent, or sibling of any minor child upon petition to the court by the grandparents or great-grandparents or on behalf of the sibling, if the court determines that it is in the best interests and welfare of the child.

The court may also grant reasonable visitation privileges to a stepparent upon petition to the court by the stepparent, if the court determines that it is in the best interest and welfare of the child. A petition for visitation privileges may be filed if the following circumstances are met:

  • the child is at least 12 years old;
  • the child resided continuously with the parent and stepparent for at least 5 years;
  • the parent is deceased or is disabled and is unable to care for the child;
  • the child wishes to have reasonable visitation with the stepparent; and
  • the stepparent was providing for the care, control and welfare to the child prior to the initiation of the petition for visitation.
  • The court may modify an order granting or denying visitation rights of a parent whenever modification would serve the best interest of the child; but the court shall not restrict a parent’s visitation rights unless it finds that the visitation would endanger seriously the child’s physical, mental, moral, or emotional health. The court may modify an order granting, denying, or limiting visitation rights of a grandparent, great-grandparent, or sibling of any minor child whenever a change of circumstances has occurred based on facts occurring subsequent to the judgment and the court find by clear and convincing evidence that the modification is in the best interest of the child.

750 ILCS 5/607