Illinois Custody and Visitation Schedule Guidelines

The laws about Illinois parenting time and visitation are found in Part VI of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.

Here are some guidelines from the law to help you make your parenting time schedule.

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Parenting time and visitation arrangements

If you have joint custody in Illinois, you need to include information about your parenting time arrangements in your Joint Parenting Agreement.

If you have sole custody, the non-custodial parent has visitation with the child and you need to make a visitation schedule that shows when each parent has parenting time.

Your parenting time or visitation schedule should include:

You can put all of your schedules in a custody calendar so it's easy to see what's going on. You can include your calendar and your schedule in legal terms in your parenting agreement.

Provisions about parenting time in your agreement

Provisions are rules in the parenting agreement that parents agree to follow as they share the responsibility to raise their child.

A common provision is the right of first refusal. The right of first refusal is when a parent must first offer the other parent the opportunity to take the child if the parent is leaving the child with a child-care provider. The court can also order this provision to be in the agreement.

You can include other provisions about time-sharing in your Joint Parenting Agreement to help the parenting time and visitation run more smoothly.

Parenting time schedule from the court

If you and the other parent work together to make your parenting time schedule, you can have any time sharing arrangements you want.

If you and the other parent can't agree on a visitation schedule, the court will make one for you.

There is no standard schedule for the state of Illinois, but many courts order a schedule that looks something like this.

The child visits the non-custodial parent:

  • Every other weekend
  • One evening or overnight each week


The holiday schedule usually has the parents alternate the school and legal holidays and gives each parent half of spring break.

The summer break schedule may give the non-custodial parent 4-6 weeks.

Joint Parenting Order

When the court accepts your Joint Parenting Agreement, it becomes the Joint Parenting Order. This means your agreement is legally binding and both parents must follow it. Your parenting time schedule is part of the Joint Parenting Order.

One the Joint Parenting Order is in place, you can't change it for two years. This includes the visitation schedule.

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