When parents divorce or separate, the relationship between parent and child does not end. It is critical that children maintain a meaningful relationship with each parent, and visitation schedules are designed to serve that purpose. This relationship is just as important, if not more so, for parents who were never married, and Illinois law seeks to treat unwed parents equally.
When disputes over visitation arise, we strive to resolve them in an amicable manner that does not place undue stress and anxiety on the child. Oftentimes, the first step is mediation between the parties. With over 15 years of experience as a mediator, Ken Devaney is well qualified to assist parents through this step of the process. If the conflict must be resolved through litigation, we are always prepared to defend our clients’ rights in court.
Modification of Custody and Visitation
Once a permanent custody and visitation order has been issued, certain procedures must be followed to change such orders. Change of custody and visitation can occur through mediation or through court order. However, in many instances the parent petitioning for a change must show a substantial change in circumstances. In most situations the court will only consider changing a parental responsibility or parenting time order after a certain number of years unless the health or safety of the child is at issue.
If you are seeking legal guidance for a visitation matter in Illinois, the attorneys at Ken Devaney Law are here to offer experienced advice and advocacy. We are committed to protecting our clients’ rights and the best interests of children involved in child custody and visitation matters.