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Grandparents Rights and Divorce
In a divorce proceeding, it is not uncommon for grandparents to have a concern regarding the outcome, including as same may impact their relationships with any grandchildren, not to mention their child and former spouse of the child. By agreement, there can be provision made in terms of any settlement relative to visitation rights of grandparents if both parties agree.
If the grandparents had a good relationship with the grandchildren prior to the divorce, it would seem to make sense, by agreement, that the parties may wish to cooperate in regard to promoting and protecting the relationship of the grandparents with the grandchildren after the divorce.
Either or both parents may be ordered to pay reasonable and necessary child support, without regard to marital fault or misconduct. If the official Illinois guidelines are not appropriate, the court considers the financial resources and needs of the child, the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had endured, the physical, emotional, and educational needs of the child, and the financial resources, needs, and obligations of both the non-custodial and the custodial parent. Support payments may be ordered paid directly to the court.
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