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Parenting Time (Formerly Visitation)


West Dundee Family Law Attorneys Helping Clients with Parent Visitation Plans

During a divorce involving children, the parties need to allocate parental responsibility and develop a parenting schedule. During the divorce proceedings, couples are given the opportunity to work these issues out through mediation, negotiation, or on their own. If they are unable to come to an agreement, however, then the court will make the final decision. Divorcing spouses with children need skilled legal counsel by their side to help develop a parenting time plan that protects their interests and the interests of their children.

the Law Office of Vogel & Mourelatos, LLC, has over 30 years of combined experience helping clients with parenting time/visitation plans and other divorce and family law issues in Kane County and throughout the Chicago area. We are well-established in the community, and we are known for handling cases with compassion, skill, and proficiency. Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of even the most complex divorce issues, and we work closely with clients to thoroughly assess their unique circumstances and ensure that their needs and concerns are fully addressed.

Establishing a Parenting Plan

The state of Illinois has replaced the term “visitation” with “parenting time” when it is applied to time parents spend with their children. Visitation is now only applied to time spent with grandparents and other third parties. The state recognizes the need for both parents to be involved in the lives of their children, and the rights of both parents to a reasonable amount of parenting time. This time can be restricted, however, if the court finds that parenting time would cause serious harm to the physical, mental, or emotional well-being of the children.

When setting up a parenting time schedule, several factors should be considered, such as:

  • The age of the children.
  • The wishes of the children.
  • How much time each parent wants to spend with the children.
  • The work schedules and geographic locations of the parents.
  • The school, daycare, and extra-curricular activity schedules of the children.
  • Which parent is in the best position to have the children on a day-to-day basis.
  • The potential need for restricted or supervised parenting time.

Speak With a Compassionate Barrington Hills Parenting Time Visitation Attorney

At the Law Office of Vogel & Mourelatos, LLC, we understand that parental responsibility and parenting plans can be contentious and emotionally-charged issues. We are strong negotiators and skilled litigators. Whenever possible, we look to negotiate a parenting time plan that is fair for both parents and in keeping with the best interests of the children. However, if negotiations reach an impasse, we are ready and able to aggressively advocate for your rights and interests in court.

For an initial consultation with one of our experienced divorce attorneys, contact our office today at 847-428-7725. We serve clients in Kane County, McHenry County, DuPage County, Cook County/Rolling Meadows, Algonquin, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Batavia, Bull Valley, Burlington, Campton Hills, Carpentersville, Cary, Crystal Lake, Dundee, East Dundee, Elgin, Geneva, Lake in the Hills, Pingree Grove, St. Charles, South Elgin, West Chicago, West Dundee, Woodstock, and the surrounding Illinois communities.