Grandparents Visitation Rights in Illinois

The Grandparent Visitation Act of Illinois was written by attorney Michael K. Goldberg, of the Chicago law firm Goldberg Law Group.

Mr. Goldberg successfully represented the defendant in Wickham v. Byrne, the 2002 Illinois Supreme Court case that invalidated the former grandparent visitation statute. He then worked with Illinois State Representative Patricia Lindner and Illinois Senator John Cullerton to draft the current Illinois Grandparent Visitation Act. He has testified on several occasions before the Illinois Senate and Illinois House of Representatives regarding the Grandparent Visitation Act, and has written and spoken extensively on the subject of grandparents’ rights. In addition, he has tried and settled grandparent visitation cases in over 30 counties throughout Illinois. He extensive appellate court experience, including arguing before the Illinois Supreme Court and all five Illinois Appellate Court Districts.

This site contains general information related to commonly asked questions concerning grandparents visitation in Illinois. This information is not legal advice on grandparent visitation rights in Illinois, and a person interested in pursuing court ordered visitation with a grandchild in Illinois under the new Grandparent Visitation Act should consult an attorney with any specific questions about his or her Illinois grandparent visitation case.

For a free consultation with Michael K. Goldberg to discuss your grandparent visitation Illinois questions, call (312) 930-5600 or send an email to

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