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Visitation rights and your right to access to your children

Child custody and visitation matters are some of the most complex and emotionally charged issues parents may deal with during a separation or divorce. In most cases, both parents feel strongly about protecting the interests of their children and their own parental rights. One of the most difficult aspects of this is seeking a fair and reasonable visitation order.

Barring issues of violence or safety concerns, most parents have the right to regular visitation with their children. However, parents may not always agree on what that looks like or how that should work. As a parent, it can be beneficial to understand how to shield your rights and maintain a strong relationship with your children.

Addressing your various visitation concerns

It is normal to have concerns over visitation rights and the protection of your interests as a parent. It can be helpful for concerned Illinois parents to understand the following about access to their kids:

  • Judges often favor granting reasonable visitation time, but what that means differs on a case-by-case basis. It may be up to the parents to work on an arrangement.
  • Custodial rights and visitation can be separate matters. This means you may have visitation rights, even if the court did not grant you custody rights.
  • There are times a judge may grant fixed visitation, which means he or she will set the time, place and frequency of visitation times.
  • Depending on your situation, a judge may order that grandparents also have some visitation time with your children.

Visitation and custody matters are complex, and the ultimate goal of any visitation determination is the full protection of the best interests of the kids. If you have concerns over your custody rights or how you can fight for time with your kids, you may find it helpful to reach out for help.

Fighting for your relationship with your children

Your relationship with your children is precious, and it is worth fighting to protect. Whether you need to pursue a fair visitation order, or you have other custody concerns, you do not have to navigate these matters on your own.

A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand how to fight for your rightful visitation time, as well as how to effectively address other family law concerns you may have. When it comes to your kids, you understand the importance of fighting for fair access that allows you to maintain a strong role in their lives.

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