Lombard, IL asked in Family Law for Illinois

Q: If my 17 YO daughter has a job can her father tell her she cannot work on his parenting time?

My 17yo daughter has a job. Her father has parenting time on Wednesday from 5-9. She is scheduled to work from 3-8. Her father told her she cannot work on his time. Can he do this?

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J. Richard Kulerski
J. Richard Kulerski
  • Oak Brook Terrace, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: This is a grey area of family law. Because of her age, there isn't much he can do legally if the child refuses to visit with him. The court cannot punish you for denying visitation because it is not your decision. The court cannot punish the child. All that is left is that the father goes to court to compel visitation. This is expensive and the child will be 18 by the time the court completes any investigation and/or reunification process.

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