Child Custody

Grandparent Custody

Grandparents should be an important part of a child’s life.  More times than not, the relationship between a child and a grandparent is loving, nurturing, and strong.  There are, however, some situations in which grandparents are ignored and pushed aside.  Whether it is from a divorce or a mutual dislike of your in-laws, children can lose valuable time with their grandparents.  Children need family in their lives; don’t let a bad situation, argument, or hurt feelings keep your family apart. Grandparents and great-grandparents are an important part of a child’s life…and they have rights.

As of January 2007, the state of Illinois gave grandparents a right to petition for visitation and custodial rights.  With high divorce rates soaring, and more children being born out of wedlock, grandparent involvement in a child’s life has become increasingly important.  

There are a few reasons why a grandparent may file a petition to request visitation:

  • The child’s other parent is deceased or missing
  • A parent is incarcerated
  • A parent is found incompetent under the law
  • In the matter of a divorce with the child’s custody still unresolved
  • A child is born out of wedlock  and the parents do not live together

As a grandparent, in order to file a petition one must prove that a parent has unreasonably denied visitation or that the parent places the child’s health (mental, physical, emotional) at risk.  Remember, a child’s safety and health is the most important aspect!  Put aside the arguments and harsh feelings and put the child first. 

For more information about grandparents’ rights, please visit this website for more information.  If you believe that you are being pushed out of your grandchild’s life or just want to ensure your grandchild’s safety, please contact us.  We can help!