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Parenting Time (Visitation Rights)

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

What Does it Mean?

Parenting time refers to periods of time in which a caregiver spends with a child, often called visitation rights.

How Does it Work?

A judge in court can order a caregiver to have a certain amount of parenting time. This court order is called a parenting plan.

Things You Should Know

  • If you have been given parenting time with a child, and plan to relocate over 25 miles from your current place of residence, you will have to file a petition to relocate. Only the child's custodial parent can relocate with the child(s)
  • In some cases, someone who is not the child's legal parent can be given parenting time. These caregivers can include a child's step-parent, grandparent, or non-minor sibling.
  • Parenting time can be changed (modified) if it can be shown to a judge that there's been a change in a caregiver's capacity to care for the child
  • If one caregiver is not with the child during their scheduled parenting time, the other caregiver may ask the court to enforce parenting time

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