Can the abuser be denied parenting time as part of an order of protection?
Yes. Parenting time can be denied if the judge believes that the respondent has done or is likely to do any of the following:
- abuse or endanger the child during visitation;
- use the visitation as an opportunity to abuse or harass you, your family or household members;
- improperly hide or keep the child; or
- otherwise act in a way that is not in the best interests of the child.1
Also, even if the abuser is granted parenting time, you can refuse to allow him/her to see the minor child if when the abuser arrives for parenting time:
- s/he is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and is a threat to the safety and well-being of you or your children; or
- s/he is behaving in a violent or abusive manner.1
However, we strongly suggest that you talk to an attorney about the proper way to document either of these behaviors so that you are not accused of wrongly interfering with the parenting time order. Go to our IL Finding a Lawyer page for legal referrals.
1 750 ILCS 60/214(b)(7)