In Illinois, when a court orders one person to have custody of a child, it will also normally award visitation to the non-custodial parent. Non-custodial parents are typically entitled to visitation with their child unless the court determines that visitation would pose a danger to the child's mental, emotional, physical or moral health.
After a contentious separation, divorced parents are still faced with the difficult challenge of raising a child together. If the split was particularly acrimonious, parents often have little incentive to work together, leading to difficult times and hard feelings. Parents who work hard to do the best for their child can often be disappointed in the efforts put forth by the other parent, especially when they miss custody appointments, skip child support payments or otherwise fail to uphold their side of the child custody agreement.