Dupage County Divorce and Child Visitation Lawyer
In Illinois, the majority of the time one parent is designated the residential (or custodial) parent with whom the child or children reside. The other parent, or non-custodial parent, is then granted the right of visitation with their children. This right is absolute. Visitation can only be withheld if the non-custodial parent represents a serious endangerment in the child's life. Even in these circumstances, limited or supervised visitation is often granted. A common misconception is that visitation and child support go hand-in-hand. This is not the case. Child support is a completely separate issue and visitation cannot be withheld by the custodial parent for non-payment of child support. Should the custodial parent withhold visitation without good cause (non-payment of child support not included), they may be in violation of a custody order and can be held in contempt of court.
At Serpico Legal we take significant pride in crafting visitation schedules (parenting schedules) that keep the best interests of the child as the focus point. We understand that every parent, and in many cases grandparents, are entitled to the right to spend time and maintain a close relationship with your child. As a result, Serpico Legal utilizes several tools available to draft a schedule that is fair and in your child's best interest.
Serpico Legal can not only negotiate a fair and workable visitation schedule for you, we can also petition the court to modify an existing schedule if it is not working or if the circumstances of the parties change. We can also help you enforce an agreement if the custodial parent is denying visitation in violation of a court order.
If you need help in protecting your right to visitation or ensuring that your child's best interests are protected, call Serpico Legal at 630-283-1728 or custody online for your free consultation.
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