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Grandparent Visitation

Grandparent/Relative Visitation

Know Your Rights

Grandparent Visitation is very difficult to obtain in the State of Illinois.  But it is not impossible. In addition to grandparent visitation, Illinois law also provides for great-grandparent, sibling (including step-siblings), and step-parent visitation.

Procedures

1. The case must be brought in the county in which the child resides.
2.   This law does not apply to children:
(A) In whose interests a petition is pending under Section 2-13 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987; or
(B) in whose interests a petition to adopt by an unrelated person is pending under the Adoption Act; or
(C) who has been voluntarily surrendered by the parent or parents, except for a surrender to the Department of Children and Family Services or a foster care facility; or
(D) who has been previously adopted by an individual or individuals who are not related to the biological parents of the child or who is the subject of a pending adoption petition by an individual or individuals who are not related to the biological parents of the child.
(E) who has been relinquished pursuant to the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act.

3. This law applies only if only if there has been an unreasonable denial of visitation by a parent and the denial has caused the child undue mental, physical, or emotional harm.

There is a rebuttable presumption that a fit parent's actions and decisions regarding grandparent, great-grandparent, sibling, or step-parent visitation are not harmful to the child's mental, physical, or emotional health. The burden is on the party filing a petition under this Section to prove that the parent's actions and decisions regarding visitation will cause undue harm to the child's mental, physical, or emotional health.

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