sibling visitation rights, grandparents rights, lawyer, attorney, family law, divorceExperiencing a divorce can be difficult for all family members, but particularly children. In Illinois, the state gives the same visitation rights to siblings as is usually granted to grandparents in the event of a divorce. This is particularly helpful in cases where parents split custody of multiple children, or in cases where a second marriage with stepchildren is ending.

 According to Illinois state law, siblings of a minor child at least a year old may petition the court for visitation in cases where there has been an unreasonable denial of visitation. The state considers a sibling to be a brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister. These petitions may be filed both during and after the divorce proceedings, and can request both visitation and reasonable electronic communication rights. As with grandparent visitation, one of the following conditions must be met in addition to the sibling being denied visitation by a parent: Allowing siblings and step siblings to remain in contact with each other following a divorce is beneficial to the emotional health of both children. If you are considering filing for divorce in Illinois, having a qualified attorney at your side can help ensure that your children are allowed to stay in contact with their siblings and step siblings. Contact the experienced divorce attorneys at A. Traub & Associates about your case today.