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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.
In deciding child custody, the Illinois court does not consider the gender of the custodial parent. The court considers all relevant factors including the wishes of the child's parents, the wishes of the child, the relationship of the child with the parents, siblings, and any other person who significantly affects the child's best interest, the child's adjustment to home, school, and community, the mental and physical health of everyone, any physical violence by the child's potential custodian, whether directed at the child or at another person, episodes of repeated abuse whether directed at the child or directed at another person, and the willingness and ability of each parent to encourage a close relationship between the other parent and the child.
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