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In setting visitation and parenting time schedules, the court will always act in what it believes is the best interest of a child. When determining a visitation schedule that works for all parties, the court will consider the wishes of both parents and those of the child. Additionally, the court will consider the relationship a child has with each parent, who has acted as the primary caregiver, as well as the interaction with siblings. If there is a history or threat of violence and abuse, this will also affect how the court determines the schedule.

AtStrauss & Hoyt, LLC, we work closely with families in visitation matters before the court. If you’re facing divorce or need more information regarding parenting time matters, contact the Libertyville visitation lawyers at Strauss & Hoyt, LLC today.

Libertyville Area Parenting Time Attorneys

Determining parenting time should be a joint effort of both parents. Ideally, parents should develop a plan in consultation with each other. A plan should take into consideration the following:

  • Flexibility in the event of unforeseen events
  • Pickup and drop-off responsibilities
  • Doctor’s appointments, after-school activities, school, music lessons, sports, etc.
  • Time spent with each parent during holidays and school breaks
  • Allowances for birthdays, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day
  • Clearly defined start and end times for holidays and parenting time

Modifications to Custody and Visitation Schedules

If a substantial change in your circumstances requires you to modify an existing child custody or parenting time arrangement, you must ask the court to review your case before it can lawfully be modified.

If a new job opportunity or remarriage requires you to relocate to another state with your children, the court must still determine whether it’s in the best interest of the children for you to remove them from Illinois permanently. Our northern Illinois child custody lawyers can review your case and discuss the legal options available to you should a modification be necessary.

Contact Our Lake County, Illinois, Visitation Attorneys

Visitation can be contentious during divorce and afterward. Understanding how to assert your rights and the interests of your children is often key to avoiding an unfavorable parenting time arrangement. If you and your ex-spouse are willing to negotiate, arriving at a visitation schedule everyone can agree on will help you avoid having a judge decide the matter for you.

To schedule an appointment and discuss your visitation and parenting time, contact Lake county visitation attorneys at Strauss & Hoyt, LLC today.