This is a common problem that I see often. First, it is important to know whether or not you have a right to parenting time (which used to be called "visitation"). Did you sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity at the time the child was born? Do you have a court order declaring you the legal parent of the child? Do you have a court order for parenting time? If not, this is the first step to securing your right to parenting time with your child.
Next, it is important to know your rights under the law. In Illinois, parents have the right to parenting time (formerly called visitation) with their children, unless they are found to be a serious danger to their child’s well-being (in which case parenting time my be supervised or denied altogether). Parents also have the obligation to financially support their children. However, it is important to note that the right to see your child is independent of the obligation to pay child support. This means that even if you are behind on your child support payments, the other parent cannot deny you time with your child.
If you are being denied parenting time, keep a log of all of the incidents with details about what happened. You may also file a police report for visitation interference, if you have a court order. If you need an order for parenting time, or you would like to enforce an existing order, you should make an appointment with an experienced family law attorney right away.