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Wakenight & Associates, P.C.

707 N. York Street, Suite 201, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Elmhurst | 630-528-0734

Mokena | 815-458-5660   Oak Park | 708-480-9651

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Elmhurst Child Visitation Attorneys

Villa Park Parenting Time Attorneys

Lawyers in DuPage County for Parenting Time Concerns in Divorce and Paternity Cases

When a couple with children decides to end their marriage, the children are in danger of being caught in the middle. At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our attorneys are dedicated to helping families get through the divorce process while minimizing the negative impact on the children. We know that it is important for divorced parents to remain active in their children's lives, and we work hard to create parenting time schedules that allow parents to maintain healthy relationships with their children.

Visitation Is Now Called Parenting Time

For decades, Illinois law guaranteed parents reasonable rights to visitation with their children, regardless of the relationship or problems that existed between the parents. The intent of the law was commendable, as it was designed to keep each parent invested in the life and well-being of his or her child. Sometimes, however, the law had the unfortunate consequence of making parents with visitation rights feel like outsiders. A few years ago, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5) was updated with a number of changes, including the elimination of the term "visitation." The law now uses the more inclusive and cooperative phrase "parenting time" to describe the time that each parent spends with his or her child following a divorce or breakup. The new term is also meant to reflect the rights and responsibilities of a parent rather than treating that parent like a "visitor" in the child's life.

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., we know that many people approach matters of family law with a number of assumptions. For example, if you are a father who is getting divorced, you might assume that you will be given parenting time every other weekend and a few weeks at a time in the summer. While such an arrangement is certainly possible, the reality is that Illinois law does not provide standardized parenting time schedules. Each county and certain judges may have templates or suggested arrangements that could be used, but a parenting time schedule should be customized to meet the unique needs and circumstances of each family. Our attorneys can help you create an arrangement that takes into account factors such as your work schedule, the distance between homes, and how well you cooperate with your child's other parent.

Trusted Oak Brook Counsel Protecting the Rights of Parents

In most cases, one parent will be allocated a majority of the parenting time with a couple's child, but sometimes, one parent will be given almost all of it. If your parenting time is extremely limited or your ex is preventing you from enjoying your parenting time, the lawyers at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. can help you take appropriate action. We know that the legal system can be intimidating, especially if you have been treated badly by the legal system in the past. Our team also understands that it can be challenging to stand up to your former partner out of fear of making the situation worse.

With more than 95 years of combined family law experience, we are equipped to work closely with you in analyzing your situation and exploring all of your possible options. If your current parenting time schedule is still viable and appropriate, we will ensure that you get the time with your child that the schedule promises. If your schedule needs to be updated due to changing circumstances, we can assist you in seeking a modification.

Call 630-528-0734 for a Free Consultation

If you are a parent who is considering divorce or in a paternity situation, contact our office to discuss your parenting time concerns. Call 630-528-0734 for a free, no-obligation consultation at any of our three convenient locations. Our firm serves families in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Villa Park, Addison, Lombard, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, La Grange, Rolling Meadows, Kane County, DuPage County, and the surrounding areas.

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