Stepparent Visitation In Chicago Divorce

As Chicago divorce attorneys, we often speak with stepparents that have formed close parental relationships with step-children. When that marriage leads to divorce, many wonder if an Illinois family court will allow an order for parenting time or stepparent visitation with a step-child?

Stepparent Visitation in Illinois

Factors for Visitation with a Non-Parent

  • The wishes of the child, taking into account the child’s maturity and ability to express reasoned and independent preferences as to visitation;
  • The mental and physical health of the child;
  • The mental and physical health of the grandparent, great-grandparent, sibling, or step-parent;
  • The length and quality of the prior relationship between the child and the grandparent, great-grandparent, sibling, or step-parent;
  • The good faith of the party in filing the petition;
  • The good faith of the person denying visitation;
  • The quantity of the visitation time requested and the potential adverse impact that visitation would have on the child’s customary activities;
  • Any other fact that establishes that the loss of the relationship between the petitioner and the child is likely to unduly harm the child’s mental, physical, or emotional health; and
  • Whether visitation can be structured in a way to minimize the child’s exposure to conflicts between the adults.

Visitation when a Parent is Deceased

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