Expect fireworks. Illinois House Bill 185 is currently radiating in a legislative subcommittee in Springfield, and sparks are expected to fly.
Happily for most grandparents in Illinois and elsewhere, their children with kids value the input of mom and dad on matters relevant to child-rearing and related issues. A large-scale national survey of young parents flatly indicates that grandparents are among "the most trusted sources" of parenting advice.
Illinois courts have exercised progressively more discretion in recent years concerning the child custody outcomes they fashion in divorce cases. We note on our family law website at The Law Office of Jamie Mitchell in Maryville that judges are empowered to consider numerous factors when determining how to best promote a child's interests following divorce. Their ability to do so promotes tailored and creative parenting outcomes.
A central part of most Illinois divorces involving children is the parenting plan that mothers and fathers implement to guide key custody- and visitation-related matters.