Bloomingdale Grandparents’ Visitation Rights Attorneys
Skilled Legal Guidance for Grandparents Seeking Grandchild Visitation in St. Charles, Lombard, and Naperville
Grandparents are often strongly bonded with their grandchildren and sometimes play a major role in their upbringing. During a divorce or child custody case, it is assumed that the parents will allow the grandparents and the children to continue their relationship. However, this is not always the case. Illinois law allows for grandparents’ visitation rights in certain circumstances. If you are a grandparent that has been denied visitation to your grandchildren, it is important to speak with an experienced family law attorney to understand your options.
At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we are aggressive advocates for grandparents’ visitation rights in Illinois. Our attorneys have extensive experience with all matters related to divorce and family law. We have been highly recognized by our peers for our litigation and negotiation skills as well as our unwavering commitment to protecting the interests of our clients. Our attorneys are honest, compassionate and down to earth and we work closely with our clients to develop creative and practical solutions to meet their needs.
Visitation Rights for Grandparents in Illinois
Grandparents in Illinois may petition for visitation rights for any grandchild that is at least one year old. Grandparent rights to visitation are less certain than parental visitation, but if grandparents are unreasonably denied access to see their grandchildren, a petition for visitation may be successful under the following circumstances:
- At least one parent is deceased or has been missing for at least three months;
- At least one parent has been judged legally incompetent;
- At least one parent has been incarcerated for at least three months;
- The parents are involved in a divorce or child custody proceeding in which at least one parent is in favor of grandparent visitation; and
- The parents are not married and not living together.
If one of these or a similar circumstance exists, the grandparent must show that visitation is in the best interests of the child. If the child is old enough, his/her input may be considered by the court in making this determination. There are also instances when a grandparent may successfully petition for legal guardianship or adoption of the child. These instances are rare, however, and most often occur when the custodial parent is underage, incarcerated, incapacitated or otherwise unable to properly care for the child.
If you are a grandparent and believe you are being denied reasonable access to your grandchild, it is important to know your rights. At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we understand the heartbreak of being separated from your grandchildren with seemingly little recourse. We offer free consultations to determine the strength of your case and extended evening and weekend hours to accommodate your busy schedule. Contact us today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100 to schedule a meeting with one of our compassionate grandparents’ visitation rights attorneys.