Grandparent Visitation Attorneys in Chicago
Seek Access to Your Grandchildren
Biological and adoptive parents are not the only individuals who have standing to seek visitation with a child; third parties, especially grandparents, may also have rights to visitation, and in certain cases, custody as well.
Our Chicago grandparent visitation attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. are skilled and experienced in addressing visitation and custodial rights for grandparents and other third parties such as step-parents and siblings.
Contact us online or call us at (312) 487-2795 to discuss your case with our team.
How to Obtain Visitation as a Grandparent
As a grandparent, you probably love spending time with your grandchildren – and you may be wondering about your legal right to visit them and spend time with them. There are no federal laws governing grandparents’ rights, but Illinois does extend a limited legal right to grandparents – especially if the parents of the grandchildren are divorced.
Sometimes, family dynamics lead to a parent denying a grandparent of visitation time with the grandchildren. If this is the case, you may seek court-ordered visitation time with your grandchildren.
The court may grant visitation if:
- One or both of the child’s parents are unfit
- One of the child’s parents has been incarcerated for at least three months
- One of the child’s parents is deceased or absent
- The parents are divorced and at least one parent agrees to grant visitation to the grandparent
- The child’s parents are unmarried and do not live together
The biggest determining factor in whether a request for visitation will be granted is if it is in the best interests of the children.
Discuss Your Case with Us Today
Every case is different, and there are a lot of factors to consider when seeking visitation rights with a grandchild or a child in your life. It is in your best interest to seek counsel from our Chicago grandparent visitation attorneys to see if you may have a strong claim for visitation rights.
Give us a call at (312) 487-2795 or contact us online to get started.