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20 N. Clark Street
Suite 2720
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: 312-345-9999

Schaumburg Office

1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-995-9999

Wheaton Office

400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Phone: 630-653-9400

Orland Park Office

15255 W. 94th Ave
Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Phone: 708-226-9904

Orland Park Visitation Lawyers

Life after a divorce can be difficult, particularly with children adjusting to new living arrangements and residences. The attorneys of Anderson & Associates, P.C., located in Orland Park, can assist you with placement decisions that are in the best interests of your children. Our family law expertise helps our attorneys share a collective concern for the families in child custody and divorce situations. We look for an amicable solution for both parties involved, but we are also experienced in litigating visitation disputes when settlement is not possible.

Family Law Alert: As of January 1, 2016, Illinois family laws regarding child custody and visitation have changed drastically. Read more about these updates.

About Custody and Visitation

Though each family situation is different, there are two basic types of child custody to be aware of:

  • Sole custody – One parent has custody; the children reside with the custodial parent which holds authority for making major life decisions
  • Joint custody – Both parents have equal custody and equal decision-making abilities; the children reside with one parent but the other parent has visitation

What is Visitation?

Visitation allows a noncustodial parent predetermined periods of time to spend with their children. Visits may last a few hours or a few days as agreed upon by both parents. Illinois law (750 ILCS 5/607) allows for in-person visitation, and in some cases, electronic communication as approved by the court.

Visitation Rights

Biological parents have the right to visitation, but other family members (like grandparents, siblings and even stepparents) may have the privilege under certain circumstances. Although visitation is a right protected by law; it can be denied or restricted if any of the following occur:

  • Physical, mental, moral or emotional endangerment of a child
  • Termination of parental rights of a biological parent
  • Violation of the terms of the visitation agreement

A custodial parent cannot refuse visitation unless the best interests of a child are compromised. Disagreements over parenting or child support are not valid reasons to deny visitation. If your child can communicate whether or not they would like to spend more time with a noncustodial parent, a post decree modification can be considered to reflect the situation. If your child is at risk or you are wrongly being kept away from your child, you need skilled visitation lawyers to help protect your rights and the welfare of your children.

In the state of Illinois, laws dictate that a sole or joint custodian is allowed to remove a child and move away from Illinois. This, however, may seriously impact visitation for the noncustodial party. Removal is the relocation of a custodial parent and child outside of the state. Some parents agree to relocation terms as part of a divorce, but if the parents are unable to agree Illinois law requires that the relocating parent prove that the move is in the best interest of the child. If you need assistance protecting your visitation rights, or are facing the possible removal of your child from Illinois, our attorneys can represent your needs.

Contact Anderson & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you with your visitation or removal case. From our convenient office in Orland Park, we serve clients throughout the southwest suburbs of Chicago. We also have three other regional offices in Chicago, Schaumburg, Wheaton for your convenience.