What are my rights regarding my kids after separating from mywife?

UPDATED: Dec 4, 2011

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What are my rights regarding my kids after separating from mywife?

I recently separated from wife and have 3 kids, 2 of which we take to school. I wanted to go back on the days that I drop them off and be there the night before as it takes 45 minutes to get back to house from where I live. She is refusing for me to do that claiming that I did not want to drop off kids living afar. What right do I have being part owner of the house. Just doing my part being a father to the kids.

Asked on December 4, 2011 under Family Law, Illinois


L.P., Member, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Thank you for submitting your question regarding the terms of visitation with your children.  This issue is very common among people that are sharing custody of their children.  The goal is to make life easier for your children.  A family law court will always seek what is the best interest of the child.  While it may be a hassle or inconvenience for one parent to do more traveling to see the children, sacrifices need to be made in order to create peacefulness in the child’s life.  Sometimes in child custody situations parents cannot act the way they want because the focus needs to be on the child and not the parent.

You may find it helpful to see the assistance of a mediator or judge to draft a child custody order and visitation schedule.  Having this type of agreement in place will make it easier to know what is required of each parent when it comes to the children’s visitation with the other parent.  The agreement can be very detailed and specifically lay out the responsibilities of which parent will drop the kids off and the time at which this will be done.

Many people attempt to work out these issues on their own, but sometimes parents get caught up in their own life and do not realize that the focus must stay on what is in the best interest of the child.

If you need further assistance with this child custody matter, you can contact a family law attorney in your area to provide more guidance.


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