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Enforcing Parenting Time

Please note that the legal information presented on this page is written for those living in the state of Illinois.

What Does it Mean?

If you or the other parent of your child fail to follow a visitation schedule (parenting time), either parent may ask the court to enforce parenting time. This means that the court will work to make sure both parents follow the terms of the visitation agreement (parenting plan).

Things You Should Know

The decision to enforce parenting time can be based on a parent's failure to show up on-time for their scheduled visits. It can also be based on evidence of one parent preventing the other from seeing the child during their scheduled visit.

Actions taken by the court to enforce parenting time may include:

  • changing (modify) a visitation schedule
  • modifying a custody arrangement
  • ordering a parent to pay a fine, or cash bond
  • ordering a parent to make up the missed parenting time; or
  • ordering both parents to attend a parenting class or counseling program (to be paid by the parent being enforced)

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