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Chicago Parenting Time Attorney

Chicago Child Custody Lawyers with Proven Success in Resolving Parenting Time and Visitation Conflicts

For noncustodial parents, parenting time, or visitation, shapes much of their relationship with their children. In Illinois, family courts acknowledge a parent’s right to frequent, meaningful contact with their children, within reasonable circumstances and as long as it serves the children’s best interests. At Arami Law, we have experience with complex visitation disputes, including those arising from a custodial parent’s fear, often legitimate, that time with the other parent is detrimental to the child, or a custodial parent’s deliberate interference with visitation to alienate the other parent. Such cases are emotionally charged and require patient but firm management to reach a resolution without causing emotional harm to the child. You can rely on Arami Law to handle your visitation dispute with compassion and professionalism.

Effective management of a variety of visitation issues in Chicago

Since 2004, we’ve successfully resolved numerous parenting plan issues and visitation disputes. Common issues include:

  • Supervised or restricted visitation orders – If the court determines that parenting time with the noncustodial parent could be detrimental to the child, then visitation may be prohibited or subject to special restrictions, such as not allowing a parent to drive the child in a motor vehicle or take them overnight. This can stem from a history of domestic violence, physical or sexual abuse, or substance abuse, and the court will investigate the allegations before taking action. Courts may also appoint a supervisor to monitor visitation, and in some cases, this can be a reasonable party which the parents agree upon. The restrictions may be lifted in the future if the court believes the child is no longer at risk.
  • Custody exchanges in safe locations — Parents with a highly contentious relationship or a history of domestic violence may be encouraged or even required to make custody transfers at a prearranged safe place, like a shopping mall or police station.
  • Parental alienation — When one parent attempts to alienate the other parent from the affections of the child, it can be detrimental to all involved. This is grounds for reevaluating the child custody order or denying visitation. If a custodial parent praises or encourages a child for rejecting the noncustodial parent or punishes the youngster for showing affection to the other parent – even in subtle ways – the court can construe that behavior as a violation of the visitation order.
  • Third-party visitation — Parents are not the only interested parties in visitation disputes. A custodial parent may deny grandparents access to their grandchildren. Courts have upheld grandparents’ rights to visitation in cases where emotional bonds existed between the grandparents and the grandchildren who have been active in each other’s lives.
  • Modification — Because children develop different interests over time and their schedules are constantly changing, modifications to visitation plans are often necessary. Some adjustments are easy to negotiate, but major disputes can occur if one parent makes plans to move out of state with the children.

Get experienced family law representation for visitation issues in Chicago

Parenting time issues can be stressful and complex, so you need an experienced attorney who can present your side of the case in a clear and convincing manner. Arami Law advocates for parents and grandparents seeking a resolution to visitation disputes inside the Loop and throughout Chicago, Illinois. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 312-212-1399 or contact our Chicago office online.

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