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Can non-custodial parents visit their children at any time?

| Dec 4, 2020 | Divorce |

Once your divorce in Illinois has been finalized, it can be difficult to stay in touch with your children. As the non-custodial parent, you don’t necessarily see your kids every day. You might feel like you’re being denied the chance to spend time with them and make memories while they’re still young. How can you make time to include your children in your life?

Can non-custodial parents visit their children whenever they want?

Since you’re not the custodial parent, you can’t necessarily visit your children at any time. Their custodial parent probably has a schedule for them that includes homework, chores, appointments, free time and other factors. If you show up unannounced, it could interfere with your child’s daily routine. Additionally, it could cause tension between you and your former spouse.

To spend more time with your children, family law professionals recommend talking to your former spouse to negotiate an agreement. Show interest in your children’s lives and make it clear that you’re willing to work with their schedule.

It’s also important to remember that you’re not “visiting” your children. Your time together should be considered parenting, not visiting or babysitting. If you keep this in mind, you’ll be more motivated to spend more time with your children. You might also want to talk to your attorney about negotiating with your former spouse.

How might an attorney help you after a divorce?

Your attorney’s services don’t end after you’ve finalized your divorce. Your attorney may help you negotiate a parenting schedule, request a child support modification or alter your custody agreement. Talk to your attorney if the situation changes, as your children may be better off living primarily with you.  They may also offer advice on staying in your children’s lives without encroaching on the other boundaries.