What Parenting Time Am I Entitled to If I Do Not Get Sole Custody?
Exercising Reasonable Rights to Parenting Time in Illinois Divorces
Your right to parenting time (or visitation) with your child is not contingent on the allocation of sole or joint parental responsibilities, previously known as child custody. As a fit parent, you are entitled by law to reasonable parenting time with your child, even if the other parent has been granted sole decision-making authority.
At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we realize that every family's situation is unique. While the law provides a guideline for divorced, separated, or unmarried parents, a one-size-fits-all approach is not realistic or appropriate. If you and your child's other parent cannot agree on a reasonable parenting time arrangement, the court will take into account your specific circumstances to determine a parenting time plan that best meets your child's needs.
Helping Parents Protect Their Rights in Illinois
When one parent is granted a vast majority of or all parental responsibilities regarding his or her child, the court will often provide a relatively standard amount of parenting time to the other parent. In many cases, a parent who does not have primary residential responsibilities will be granted parenting time on alternating weekends and one or two nights per week, in addition to extra time during extended school breaks or summer vacation.
This type of arrangement, however, is merely a starting point, and, for many parents, may not be enough. Our experienced attorneys can help you show you are committed to providing your child with a happy, healthy home, and that you deserve as much time with your child as possible.
Contact Our DuPage County Lawyers
If you have questions about the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, contact the offices of MKFM Law. Call 630-665-7300 to schedule a confidential consultation today. We are proud to serve individuals and families in Wheaton, Naperville, Oak Brook, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, and the rest of DuPage County, as well as Kane County, Kendall County, and throughout Northern Illinois.