When you share minor children with your ex, parental responsibilities will be allocated according to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) through a parenting plan or an allocation judgment. Parental responsibilities include both significant decision-making responsibilities and parenting time. To be clear, whether you go through a divorce with minor children from the marriage or you end a relationship with a partner, you will have an enforceable court order that allocates parenting time between you and your ex-partner or spouse. What should you do if you were denied parenting time by your ex? It is critical to understand that allocation judgments and parenting plans have the force of a court order, and as such, they can be enforced by an Illinois court. Consider the following information from our Illinois child custody lawyers.
Before you take any action, it is important to understand your parental rights and responsibilities in Illinois. Accordingly, you should review your parenting plan or allocation judgment to determine the specific terms of the parenting time allocated to you. Then you should prepare for an enforcement action by noting specific dates and times when parenting time was denied by the other parent.
Under the IMDMA, there is a specific “expedited procedure” in place for the “enforcement of allocated parenting time” when another parent has denied parenting time. Here are some of the key things to know about this expedited procedure outlined by the IMDMA:
If you need assistance enforcing a parenting plan or allocation judgment, or if you need more help determining your options after you were denied parenting time, one of our Illinois child custody attorneys can assist you. Contact Demetrios N. Dalmares & Associates, Ltd. today for help with your case.
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