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Livas Law Group

DuPage County Visitation Lawyers

Chicago Visitation Attorneys

Knowledgeable Family Law Attorneys in Wheaton and Naperville

Parenting time, also known as visitation, can have a significant impact on the health of a parent-child relationship. At the Davi Law Group, we believe in protecting the rights of our clients to receive parenting time so that they can continue to bond with and care for their children. Our attorneys handle visitation issues in child custody and parentage matters for clients throughout the Chicagoland area. We have a great reputation for how we treat our clients and we attribute our success to keeping their needs and their children's best interests at the forefront of every decision we make.

Understanding Visitation Awards and Modifications

In general, visitation is determined once custody or paternity has been established. Assuming they are in proper legal standing, visitation is awarded to the non-custodial parent of a child. Domestic violence charges and any involvement in illegal activity may limit or block any parent's access to a child.The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act requires that any visitation or custody award is in the best interest of the child. To that end, child representatives, e.g. guardian ad litem, may be included in custody and visitation proceedings.

If there is evidence to support that a child is endangered in the presence of a parent or particular environment, modifications may be sought for custody and visitation rights. When necessary, we can obtain restraining orders or protective orders to answer the immediate need for safety of a child in harm's way. Also, we can work with establishing or modifying supervised visitation orders in support of the best interests of a child. Modifications can be sought to meet emergent needs or respond to major life events such as out of state removal, rehabilitation, job loss, and military deployments.

Keeping Clients Informed about Important Illinois Laws that Impact Visitation

Portions of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) address factors regarding visitation rights. Parents have the right to spend time with their children; children have the right to spend that time under conditions that promote safety as well as physical and emotional well-being. These IMDMA sections include:

  • 602 - Outlines the factors for determining the best interest of a child.
  • 602.3 - Discusses extended care for minor children and explains the "right of first refusal" concept.
  • 604.5 - Explains the best interest of a child evaluation process for custody, visitation, or removal.
  • 607 - Takes an in-depth look at visitation rights and defines factors for granting or denying visitation.
  • 607.1 - Provides information on enforcement of visitation orders and recourse for visitation abuse.
  • 608 - Explains circumstances and guidelines for judicial supervision for custodial and visitation term compliance.

Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help you understand the laws and application to your situation involving the visitation process.

Handling Challenging Visitation Issues for Illinois Clients

The dynamics of your family will dictate the need for a solution that is workable for all parties involved. When multiple parties are subject to visitation, a detailed parenting plan will help define access to a child for major life events, holidays, weekends, breaks from school, and weekly traditions, observances, or activities. In Illinois, grandparents also may receive visitation rights in limited circumstances. At the Davi Law Group, we are seasoned negotiators who will work diligently with all involved parties and independent counsel to create a plan that suits our clients' schedule, values, and objectives.

We take time to get to know our clients on a personal level because we believe it is the best way to understand what is most important to them. We invite you to meet with us for an initial consultation where we will give you an honest assessment of your family law matter and explain our approach at no charge, which has a value of up to $325.00. Contact our firm today to schedule an appointment at one of our Chicago, Plainfield, Joliet, Naperville, or Wheaton, Illinois offices.

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