Chicago Divorce Lawyer Russell Knight Discusses Supervised Visitation In Illinois

Chicago divorce lawyer Russell Knight releases a new article ( that explains supervised visitation in Illinois. The lawyer mentions that the right to see their children is a fundamental right of a parent. However, some parents may feel that their children are not safe with the other parent, especially in a divorce.

“How can we balance the need to keep children safe and the need for a child to have regular contact with both parents? Usually, the temporary answer is to impose some kind of supervised visitation until one parent’s fears are calmed and the other parent has proved their diligence and safety,” says the Chicago divorce lawyer.

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The lawyer explains that in Illinois, there is no default parenting time. There is also no assumption that both parents will be given 50/50 custody. In Illinois, both parents will have to devise a parenting plan that will work for the best interest of the children. The parenting schedule will be approved by the court.

Attorney Russell Knight also adds that once a parenting plan is in place, the parent who is afraid for the safety of their child can focus on how to limit the other parent’s parenting time. This usually means that a guardian ad litem is necessary. It will be hard to prove that the other parent poses a threat to the welfare of the children, especially if they try to counter the words of the complaining spouse.

In the article, attorney Knight mentions that the guardian ad litem will represent the best interests of the child and not either parent’s interests. The parents, however, will be responsible for the fee of the guardian ad litem based on a proportion of their respective incomes. The guardian ad litem will gather information through visitation and home visits. Their observation may be used to testify to the judge and give their opinion on what would be the best option for the children.

According to the Chicago divorce attorney, “There is going to have to be an incident at some point which is so egregious that it demands supervised visitation of one parent with the child. They will need to point to that incident and present evidence of the incident to the Illinois family court judge in a full and formal hearing. Once an Illinois family law court deems that the child is in some kind of danger when with the other parent, the Illinois court has enormous powers to strip that parent of their parenting time.”

Lastly, the divorce lawyer emphasizes the importance of having a skilled lawyer when it comes to matters such as supervised visitation of children. Having an experienced attorney may be able to help the client protect their children from harm or help them receive a more favorable outcome in the divorce.

About The Law Office of Russell Knight
The Law Office of Russell D. Knight was established in 2009 by the family law attorney Russell D. Knight. The lawyer has always focused on family and divorce law. Russell's love for family law is demonstrated by the numerous articles personally written by the lawyer. Russell has been licensed as a lawyer throughout Florida in both Florida and Illinois. Contact them today at (773) 334-6311.


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