Visitation Interference

In reaction to my daughter’s kidnapping by her mother in the 1980’s, I had interaction with the Illinois State Police.

I discovered that lesser actions by custodial parents that prevented fathers (mainly) from visiting with their children had no effective remedy.

Oh, one could pay a lawyer and go to court seeking a contempt of court citation, but that was beyond the reach of many Dads.

So I conceived of a new crime–visitation interference.

The divorce lawyers of the state fought the bill.

The State’s Attorneys said complaints would overwhelm their offices.

Although I was no longer in the legislature, Margy Parcels sponsoredthe bill and I guided it through the committee process with the help of a father who had had real problems seeing his children.

When objections were made, I said, “OK,” as long as the criminal element was not striped from the bill.

That was the only way that the State Police could be involved in visitation, which was a much larger problem than parental kidnapping.

The first offense ended up as pretty much a ticket.

The offending parent, however, still had to go to court.

I think the law ended up with no jail time until the third offense.

In the Senate, popular Republican Senator Babe Woodward carried the bill.

If one reads the transcript, one might think that he did not understand what he was sponsoring.

Woodward was so well-liked that it made no difference.

He passed the bill and it became law.

Bringing this to mind is the following Crystal Lake Police intervention with a mother who didn’t want a child’s father to have court-ordered visitation:


Visitation Interference — 8 Comments

  1. If there is anybody who knows real well about DCFS, that is my sunshine blogger. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, hug your neighbor, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww…

  2. Angel, right before the shutdown, did you win 1st place at the Waukegan Puke-a-thon? I thought I saw a picture of you getting the Big Prize from Gov. Fatso-Crier.

  3. Carlos was runner up.

    Casten was disqualified for bringing in others’ puke in plastic bags and faking that it was his own puke.

    Video surveillance doesn’t lie Sean!

    Shame on you!

    Cheating in a puke fest!

    How repulsive is that!?

    And Alabama and Dentbla got pipped at the puke post by Angel!

    It was close, man, real close, but from what I saw at the measurement station, Angel did beat them fair and square by almost a half cup (although Angel was close to disqualification himself because of all his “occlusions” (puke lingo for solid chunks), but Angel beat back Dentba’s challenge because he was barely under the 50% cut off for “occlusion volume”.

    Congrats Angel!

    When are you gonna get to dine with the Governor?

    (His puke-prize for 3rd place)

  4. These responses are weird.

    Parenting time violations are common, and these tickets are not unusual.

    Paragraph 14e of Pritzker’s executive order allows people to drive kids back and forth in compliance with court-ordered parenting time.

    In other words, the Covid19 situation (or hoax…hi Cindy) is no excuse for violating visitation rights.

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