1776 S. Naperville Road
Building B, Suite 202
Wheaton, IL 60189
New client after hours number: 630-690-6077
Wheaton Child Custody Lawyer
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Child Visitation and Parenting Time Attorneys in Wheaton, IL

DuPage County Lawyers Advocating for Visitation and Parenting Time Matters

When parents are divorced or unmarried, parental responsibility (child custody) and visitation/parenting matters must be resolved. In most cases, these matters are amicably negotiated out of court. When parents do not agree, however, child-related issues can become a source of serious contention. At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys are skilled in handling child custody and visitation disputes. We understand how important parenting time is, and we aggressively represent our clients’ parental rights.

Establishing Visitation Rights in Illinois

In Illinois, parents almost always have the right to visitation/parenting time with their children. How visitation/parenting time schedules are made depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The wishes of both parents;
  • The age of the child;
  • How involved the parent was with the child beforehand; and
  • Logistics of implementing the visitation schedule.

Reaching an agreement on visitation/parenting time out of court through negotiation or mediation is always preferred, as it provides the parents with more control over the outcome. Avoiding a contentious courtroom battle is also in the best interests of the child, as maintaining an amicable relationship during a divorce or parentage action can minimize conflict in the future. In some cases, however, an amicable visitation/parenting time agreement is not possible and litigation is necessary. Our attorneys have successfully represented custodial and non-custodial parents in visitation/parenting time rights matters. While the law in Illinois has been recently changed to eliminate such titles, we will continue to help protect the rights of all parents in seeking the parental responsibilities and parenting time they deserve.

Our firm also represents grandparents in visitation disputes. Under Illinois law, grandparents may petition to assert visitation privileges with their grandchildren, but only under certain circumstances. Like all child-related matters, the best interests of the child are paramount when grandparent visitation is sought.

Modification and Enforcement of Child Visitation Order in DuPage County

Once a visitation/parenting time order is finalized, either by agreement or order of the court, all parties are bound to follow it. As personal circumstances change, however, the visitation/parenting schedule may also need to be changed. To do so, a petition for a modification to an existing visitation/parenting order must be filed with the court. The court can also help to enforce existing visitation/parenting orders that are not being followed properly, or which are being intentionally thwarted. Our attorneys can help you handle any and all legal issues that arise after your visitation/parenting agreement has been finalized.

If you need experienced legal assistance to assert your visitation/parenting time rights or to handle other visitation/parenting matters, contact us at 630-462-9500630-462-9500 to schedule a consultation. We will answer your questions and discuss how our attorneys can help you resolve your visitation/parenting time dispute. From our office in Wheaton, IL, we work with clients throughout DuPage County and the surrounding areas of Northern Illinois.

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Rotary of Oak Brook
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • DCBA Law Firm of the Year
    DCBA Law Firm of the Year 2011, 2013
  • Office of the States Attorney 2006-2007
    Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney 2006-2007
  • Prosecutor 2012
    Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor 2012
  • AVVO Clients Choice
    Clients' Choice
  • I would highly recommend Tony Sammarco to anyone needing a divorce lawyer. He explained all my options to me and he made sure I understood the process. I am glad I had him there to help me through this difficult time.

  • Thank you doesn’t seem enough for all that Bill Stogsdill and Brett Williamson have done not only for me, but my children as well. When I first met both of these gentlemen, each presented themselves with such self-confidence. I instantly knew...

  • The Stogsdill Law Firm and I were able to obtain sole custody of my son. I am fortunate for the outcome and I am to be a father to my son. Secondly, my ex-spouse was awarded limited portion of the marital estate. Bryan Estes is more than an excellent lawyer...

  • Whenever my opinion is asked by any of my clients, friends or family regarding what law firm someone should use for their divorce my answer is always the same –The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. The kids and I are forever indebted to Bill and his firm.

  • Bryan's ability to listen and understand my situation and then offer his advice on how we should proceed was the main reasons I hired Bryan as my attorney. That was the best decision I made, for myself and my children. Bryan helped develop action plans as well as a strategy ...

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  • Mr. Smit has demonstrated a high degree of loyalty and trust worthiness to his work and to his associates. Justin certainly is an asset to your Law Firm, his organization skills are second to none. I have and will continue to recommend Justin ...

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  • You've clearly established a client-focus in your office -- providing your clients with the warmth and understanding they need as they go through a very difficult time. Thank you, again, for all your help.

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