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grandparents rights in Illinois, DuPage County famil ylawyersIn the state of Washington, grandparents are banding together to obtain legal rights to their grandchildren. But what does this mean, exactly? And how – if at all – does the law protect the rights of grandparents in Illinois? If you are a grandparent and are being denied visitation to your grandchild, the following will help you understand if and how Illinois’ grandparents’ rights statute applies to you.

How the Law Defines Grandparents’ Rights

Grandparents’ rights are not like parenting rights, nor do they overrule them. Instead, the Illinois statute 750 ILCS 5-602.9 simply acknowledges that you have the right to ask the court for legal permission to see your grandchildren. Depending on the situation, this request may or may not be granted, and it may or may not be considered “valid” by the courts. In fact, there are only a handful of situations in which you may legally pursue grandparents’ rights.

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child custody law changes, DuPage County family law attorneyOf all the provisions under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act (IMDMA), child custody laws are probably the most significantly altered under Senate Bill 57. Brought into effect on January 1, 2016, these changes are meant to dispel ugly feuds between divorcing parents and, instead, place more emphasis on what is truly best for the child. If you are planning on filing for divorce or have already started the process, it is important to understand these new changes and how they may affect the life of you and your children.

Child "Custody" No Longer Used

Under Senate Bill 57, the term "custody" is no longer applicable. Other terms, such as "visitation," "joint custody," and "sole custody" have also been removed. Instead, parents are provided with legal decision-making rights and allotted parenting time (the amount of time a parent spends with their child). All of these determinations are based upon what is considered to be the child’s best interest.

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child custody rights, child visitation, divorce decrees, DuPage County family law attorney, joint custody arrangements, Mevorah Law Offices LLC, right of first refusalA recent bill signed into law in Illinois will have a tremendous impact on custody and visitation rights. The law amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act by determining that when one of the parties who has custody or visitation rights with the child(ren) must leave the child for a significant period of time with a third party (for example, nanny, family member, or current spouse), then he or she must offer a right of first refusal to the other custodial parent to take care of the child.

Purpose of the “Right of First Refusal” law

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