Once you have obtained a court-ordered visitation schedule, any modifications to the arrangement should generally only be made by a judge. This is important because oral agreements between parents modifying visitation times are not legally enforceable through the contempt powers of the court. Thus if you need to alter a court-ordered visitation schedule, it is critical that you seek the help of an experienced Illinois family law attorney to safeguard your relationship with your child. A knowledgeable family law attorney can petition the court to modify your visitation schedule based on a substantial change in circumstances. A substantial change in circumstances may include significant changes such as a move from the child’s custodial home, a job change that make the current visitation schedule unworkable or any other significant alteration in the child’s or parent’s life that may be considered a “material change.”
Many situations arise that require a modification of a visitation schedule. In order to protect the time you spend with your child, it is important that you consult with a skilled Illinois custody attorney as soon as you become aware of a significant change that could impact your visitation arrangements.
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