In some situations, the mother or father of a child may not be in the best interests of the child. In others, family problems may lead to grandparents and relatives being intentionally shut out of a child’s life. That is why Illinois law provides for relative visitation rights. Grandparents, great-grandparents and brothers/sisters of adult age all have potential visitation rights with a minor child.
The Visitation Rights Of Grandparents, Great-Grandparents And Adult Age Brothers/Sisters
As an experienced family law attorney who has battled for grandparents’ rights, I have more than 20 years of family law experience to help your case. At the Oak Park, Illinois, Law Office of Gabrielle S. Davis, P.C., I assist relatives with their child visitation rights. Illinois law provides specifically for the rights of certain qualified relatives. These qualified relatives are grandparents, great-grandparents and brothers/sisters of adult age.
If you have questions about grandparent visitation rights, contact my Oak Park or Oak Brook law office today to schedule a free in-office initial consultation.
Understanding Illinois Laws Regarding Grandparent/Relative Visitation
First, a qualified relative must be able to petition for visitation. In order for a qualified relative to bring a petition requesting visitation, at least one of the following conditions must exist:
- One of the child’s parents is deceased/missing for at least three months, incompetent or incarcerated/in jail for at least three months
- The parents of the child are in a pending divorce, divorced or legally separated and at least one parent does not object to the visitation
- The parents are not married and not living together
Secondly, there are a number of conditions that are considered on the issue of whether a qualified relative should prevail on the issue of visitation, including whether the child has resided with the relative for more than six months prior. I can explain these factors to you and how the law applies to your situation.
Contact An Oak Park Grandparent Rights Lawyer
I look forward to discussing your grandparent visitation case with you. Contact me today to schedule a free initial consultation. I have locations in Oak Park and Oak Brook, Illinois. Call 708-628-5102 for an experienced grandparent visitation lawyer.