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IL divorce lawyerAdhering to a parenting plan is crucial for the wellbeing of your child. When the other parent decides to violate that plan by dropping off your child late or refusing to return your child to you, it becomes necessary to take legal action. Children need structure for proper development and growth, and violating a parenting plan is not only unfair to you, but denying your child this crucial structure is downright harmful.

How Violating the Parenting Plan Increases Hostility and Distrust Between Divorced Parents

There are many reasons why separated or divorced parents hold onto their anger or cannot forgive each other. One study found that social network disapproval toward the other parent (friends disapprove of the other parent) increases co-parenting conflict. Other contributing factors to continued hostility after the divorce or separation is in the past, like “trash talking” the other parent in front of the children, often include infidelity during the relationship and continued poor communication after the marriage or relationship has terminated.

However, one of the greatest sources of conflict between divorced or separated parents is caused when one, or both, parents violate the parenting plan. Dropping the children off late or refusing to make compromises are examples of how a parent may try to gain leverage or assert their authority over the other parent. This comes at a great cost to the children, who inevitably suffer emotional trauma at the expense of being in the middle of a game of tug-of-war between their parents. It is essential to take legal action when you believe the other parent is violating the terms of the parenting agreement.

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IL custody lawyerIf you moved out of Illinois after a parenting plan was already in place, or your divorce is ongoing and you plan to move as soon as it is finalized, figuring out how to go about visitation can be difficult due to the physical distance between you and your child. If the original parenting plan is no longer applicable because it was created when you were still in Illinois, you may need to take your case back to court to have a new parenting plan created by a judge if the other parent is not in agreement with your wishes. It is not uncommon for custodial parents to deny you time with your child via phone, internet, or even in-person visits, particularly if you live in another state. A Hinsdale custody lawyer will be able to help you create a new parenting plan and take the matter to court to be approved by a judge if necessary.

Electronic Communication

Skype, Facetime, email, texting, phone calls, and other forms of electronic communication such as social media are often part of a parenting plan, even when both parents live in the same state. When a parent lives out of state, communication by phone and computer become even more important. However, custodial parents may attempt to interfere with your communication and even ban or limit the use of your child’s cell phone or computer. Eighty-eight percent of teenagers aged 13 to 17 have access to a cell phone, though that access may include their parent’s cell phone. Younger children have even more limited access to cell phones, and purchasing a smartphone for your child may be a necessary part of a parenting plan for out of state parents. Regardless of how the other parent is alienating you, it can be addressed by an attorney and brought to a judge’s attention.

Travel Expenses

Plane flights are an expense that keeps many parents from seeing their children as much as they would like. When an out of state parent travels to Illinois to visit their child, they have to take time away from work, purchase a plane ticket, pay for a hotel, and spend additional money on a rental car or other means of in-town transportation. It may make more sense to have your child visit you in addition to visiting them. And, in many circumstances, the custodial parent can be held partially responsible for purchasing the child’s plane ticket. A judge may decide that travel costs should be split evenly by you and the other parent, even if the child is visiting you alone.

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 Illinois divorce lawyerDivorce can be particularly difficult when children are involved. The good news is that parents can make life easier for them by collaborating and ensuring the visitation process is as positive as possible. Here are several tips that are sure to help make visitation after divorce easier.

Be On Time

You should never be late when you are visiting with your children. By being on time, you can show that you truly care about your children and value the time you get to spend with them. During your visit, make it clear that your children are your priority by ignoring any phone calls or text messages you may receive.

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Illinois child custody attrorney, Illinois family law attorney, best interest of the child,Family law issues arise for a wide variety of reasons. Often, these emotionally charged cases create contentious issues that remain throughout the case. In some cases, these issues may even revolve around allegations of abuse or other types of familial misconduct.

When child abuse is present in your child custody case, certain legal considerations must be made. You may want to pursue a sole custody petition in court. A child custody lawyer can help you make tough custody decisions in the best interests of you and your child. An experienced family law attorney can also help you understand your rights and responsibilities throughout the process, and will advise you on the best course of action to resolve the issues you face.

Different Types of Child Custody in Illinois

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Illinois family law, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois child custody lawyer, Family law issues affect all members of the family, both immediate and extended. Grandparents and their grandchildren enjoy a special bond, but that relationship can be disrupted during a child custody dispute. If a child’s parent decides to limit or cut off your visitation with your grandchild, it can be emotionally devastating. As a grandparent, you are invested in the child custody battle between the child’s parents. Illinois law provides grandparents some visitation rights in certain circumstances. This legal area is continually changing and adapting to new family structures, and it is in the best interest of any grandparent seeking custody rights to speak with an attorney immediately.

Parental Rights vs. Grandparent Rights in Illinois

A recent study from the University of Chicago reveals that the majority of grandparents provide care, in some form, to their grandchildren. This care ranges from emotional support to financial support. The grandparent-grandchild relationship is socially recognized as an important part of many families. This relationship is often restricted during child custody cases. When parents separate, divorce, or fight about custody, grandparents’ visitation with the child can be limited. A parent may even completely cut off all communication and contact between the child and the grandparent. The law recognizes a parent’s right to make decisions regarding his or her child. These parental rights are very important under Illinois law. Contrarily, a grandparent does not have rights to make decisions for his or her grandchild, and usually has to accept the parent’s or choices. However, grandparent rights in Illinois may be recognized by the court.

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