With an increasing number of non-traditional families in existence, it is not uncommon for grandparents to seek legal advice regarding their rights to visitation. It is often in the best interest of children to maintain relationships with their grandparents. Visitation for grandparents can be difficult to obtain, but the State of Illinois does allow for grandparents to have such rights.


Above all else, the best interest of the child will be given the utmost consideration by the State of Illinois. In determining what’s best for the child concerning grandparent visitation, Illinois statute requires that several conditions be met. These conditions include a deceased, missing, or incarcerated parent; a parent determined incompetent as a matter of law; a child born out of wedlock with parents who do not live together; or a child whose parents are divorced or separated. Additionally, the burden lies with the grandparent to prove that denial of these visitation rights is harmful to the child’s physical, mental, or emotional well-being. This can sometimes be a difficult task for grandparents to do, and it may be in the best interest of the grandparent to consult a family lawyer.

We at Law Office of Bradley R. Tengler, P.C. are committed to fighting for the rights of grandparents concerning visitation. Our attorney possesses the skills and experience necessary to assist clients in building a case around the unique situations he or she may face. Through the knowledge and expertise of our team, we can protect the right to maintain and preserve the ever so valuable grandparent-grandchild relationship.


At our firm, there is no charge for initial consultations. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at 815-515-4168. We are happy to schedule evening and weekend appointments by request.

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