Illinois Grandparent’s Rights

Grandparent Rights to Visitation: Visitation may be granted if either the parents are not cohabiting on a permanent or indefinite basis, one of the parents has been absent from the martial residence for over one month without the other spouse knowing his /her whereabouts, one of the parents is deceased, one of the parents joins in the petition with the grandparents or great-grandparents, or if a sibling is in state custody. Illinois Compiled Statutes, Title 750, Illinois Compiled Statutes, Section 5/607 (750 I.C.S. 5/607).

When Adoption Occurs: Visitation rights terminate unless the adoption is by a stepparent.

Child Custody Statutes: Best interest of child considering: (1) wishes of parents and child; (2) interaction and interrelationship between the child and parents, siblings and other significant persons; (3) adjustment to home, school and community; (4) mental and physical health of parties and child; (5) any physical threat to child; (6) each party’s willingness to encourage and facilitate continued contact between the other parent and the child. 750 I.C.S. 5/602 et seq.

Parents May Choose: Yes

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