Johnson, Johnson, & Nolan Attorneys At Law
Call 618-207-4137
888-628-8977 Toll Free

When possible, courts refrain from ordering supervised visits

When parents divorce or separate, child custody and visitation rights are a common concern. Many Illinois parents may worry that an acrimonious relationship with the other parent may lead to court-ordered supervised visits. These types of orders do not actually occur that often. The American Bar Association website explains that courts will attempt to preserve the relationships between children and parents as much as possible. As such, courts do not place restrictions on parental visits unless there is a compelling reason to do so.

Essentially, supervised visits are only required when unsupervised visits may risk the child’s safety. Restricted visits may be ordered if there is a substantial risk of:

  • Violence toward the child
  • Child molestation
  • Kidnapping
  • The use of drug or alcohol intoxication during visits

Allegations that a parent would endanger a child must be backed by proof.

Illinois Legal Aid explains that, should a court find it necessary to order supervised visits, there is no cap on how long supervision can last. Courts may elect to terminate supervised visits if a safe and healthy bond has formed between the child and the parent. Both parents may also agree to terminate supervisions.

According to the ABA, there are certain limited circumstances in which a parent may, without court approval, refuse a visitation. In order to be valid, these refusals must be based on true emergencies. For example, if a parent is severely intoxicated when he or she arrives for a visit, the visit may be denied. It is important to note that these situations are the exception to the rule; in general it is not acceptable to refuse a parental visit.  

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

When you are ready to discuss your legal issue with an experienced Illinois lawyer, we will be here for you.

Email Us For A Response

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Johnson, Johnson, & NolanAttorneys At Law

Johnson, Johnson, & Nolan
11 South High Street
Belleville, IL 62220

Toll Free: 888-628-8977
Phone: 618-207-4137
Fax: 618-277-1184
Belleville Law Office Map

Review Us
Pay Your Invoice | LawPay | VISA | Master Card | American Express | Discover Network