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The New Grandparent Visitation Act

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THE NEW ILLINOIS GRANDPARENT VISITATION ACT (750 ILCS 5/607)
Presented by:
Michael K. Goldberg
Goldberg Law Group
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Chicago, Illinois 60606
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mgoldberg@goldberglawoffice.com
On January 1, 2005, grandparent visitation was reestablished in Illinois. Under the Illinois Grandparent Visitation Act (750 ILCS 5/607(a-5)) (hereinafter “Act”), grandparents must have standing to petition for court-imposed visitation. Effective January 1, 2007, the Act was amended to permit grandparents to intervene in a pending divorce and allows grandparents to petition for visitation even after the adoption of their grandchild. It should be noted that though grandparent rights are being expanded, they are still countered by strong the pro-parent language currently in the Act.