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Do I Have a Right to Visitation With My Grandchild?

Posted on in Family Law

DuPage County grandparent visitation lawyerAs any grandparent can tell you, the relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is special. Grandparents offer guidance, wisdom, and support to grandchildren that is informed by decades of life experience. When a married couple with children divorces, grandparents are often worried about whether they will get to see their grandchildren as often as they would like. If you have found yourself in this situation, you may wonder if grandparents have a legal right to spend time with their grandchildren or may be granted “grandparent visitation.” As with many Illinois family law concerns, the answer to this question is complex.

Under What Circumstances Are Grandparents Granted Visitation?

Family dynamics can be very complicated – especially when divorce is involved. If you are a grandparent who wants to ensure that you still get to spend time with your grandchild, you may wonder if you can petition the court for visitation. Typically, court-ordered parenting time only involves the child’s two biological parents. However, the court may grant grandparent visitation in certain circumstances. You may have a legal right to visitation if:

  • Your grandchild’s parents are divorced, and one or both of the parents approves of grandparent visitation

  • Your grandchild’s parents are unmarried and not living together

  • At least one of your grandchild’s parents have been declared an “unfit parent” due to domestic violence, substance abuse, or another issue

  • One of your grandchild’s parents has been uninvolved in the child’s life for three or more months

  • One of your grandchild’s parents has been detained in jail or prison for three or more months

  • One of your grandchild’s parents is deceased

Petitioning the Court for Grandparent Visitation

If you want to petition the court for grandparent visitation, you should know that Illinois courts always make child-related decisions based on the child’s best interests. The court will consider many elements to determine whether grandparent visitation should be granted, including:

  • The reasons for requesting grandparent visitation

  • The reason the child’s parent objects to grandparent visitation

  • The grandparent’s relationship to the child

  • The grandparent’s past history of caring for the child

  • The child’s preferences

  • The grandparents’ age and health

Contact a Wheaton Grandparents’ Rights Lawyer  

If you are a grandparent, and you would like to learn more about filing a petition for grandparent visitation, speak with a DuPage County family law attorney from The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. Our team understands Illinois law and how to help you build a strong case for court-ordered grandparent visitation. Call our office at 630-462-9500 for a confidential consultation.



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