Settling Summer (and Extended) Visitation Disputes

It’s that time of year that many divorced people dread — the time when arrangements must be made for summer visitation.  Your Judgment of Dissolution, Marital Settlement Agreement or Joint Parenting Agreement (or an ancillary order) will contain the terms of summer visitation.  Often times it includes a notice provision that the non-residential parent must provide dates and itinerary by a date certain.  Follow the directives of your paperwork.  This will become important if for some reason you have to move forward with litigation.

How Do I Avoid Conflicts?

  • Plan early.
  • Be specific.
  • Communicate in writing.

What if Conflict Arises?

Unfortunately, some of you will end up in court. If you know that visitation is tenuous, it’s best to retain counsel and get the matter sorted out before the school year ends.  Many people wait, thinking their former spouse will be reasonable, and end up with unused airplane tickets and ruined vacation plans.  If you have given your former spouse notice of your plans, and the former spouse indicates a lack of compliance, getting the matter before a judge will likely insure that you get the visitation you are entitled to.

How Do I Avoid Further Conflicts?

Unfortunately, many divorce documents are poorly drafted.  If you and your former spouse are constantly fighting over what the language means, it should be modified.  A good attorney will write a summer visitation order that is clear and concise.

What Should I Do Next?

If you are currently concerned about summer visitation, you should contact me right away.   You can call me now at 708-466-6912 or contact me online. I often meet clients in the evening and on weekends, and all clients get my personal mobile phone number.  Legal problems don’t take weekends off and neither do I.

I represent clients in Chicago, and elsewhere in Illinois including the counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, Kane, Kendall, and McHenry. I represent clients in uncontested and contested divorces, and other family law matters including paternity, visitation and child support.

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