Recent changes in Illinois law have made it easier for grandparents to establish their right’s to visit their grandchildren.
The Grandparent Visitation Act allows grandparent visitation with grandchildren without the presence of the custodial parent, provided a court-approved visitation plan is implemented. The law reflects a recognition by the Illinois State Legislature of the positive role that a grandparent can play in a grandchild’s life, and the benefits that such a relationship can bring for both grandparent and grandchild.
In a free consultation, Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., can inform you of your rights under this law, and how we may be able to help you assert your rights as grandparents. Call us at 630-305-0222 or 312-388-7882 to arrange for an appointment.
Broadly speaking, the law provides for visitation rights for grandparents, great-grandparents, and adult siblings of a minor child, subject to court approval. As is the case with most new laws, the courts are still dealing with certain aspects of the new statute, and the application of the law may be further tempered by future case law.
As experienced family law and child custody advocates, the attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., can help you secure your visitation rights, and enforce them if needed. To achieve visitation rights, one must first demonstrate that your access with your grandchild is being unreasonably denied, and that you already have a positive relationship with your grandchild which would be harmed if visitation were not to occur. You may petition the Court for visitation rights after the death or incarceration of a parent, or after divorce.
The current law is slightly more restrictive in the provision of grandparents’ rights than the previous statute, and places a greater weight on the custodial parent’s decision. The lawyer must, therefore, present the case for the petitioner in clear and convincing terms.
Our lawyers understand how to petition the court and address any Court concerns in a manner designed to secure approval by the Court. Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., are steadfast advocates for grandparents’ rights. We will use the law and the court system to assert and secure your visitation rights, for the benefit of yourself and your grandchild.
For a free initial consultation with Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., call 630-305-0222 or 312-388-7882, or contact us online.