Many parents in Illinois have joint custody of their children. Even if the parents do not have joint child custody arrangements, most times, the non-custodial parent still receives visitation with the children. Generally, the parents have a visitation schedule that states when the children will be with each parent on a regular basis. Once ordered, each parent is required to follow it.
However, there are many instances when the parent has the children, but needs to work or leave the house for a significant period of time. Depending on the age of the children, that parent will need to find someone to watch the children while he or she is gone. For these types of situations, if it is in the best interests of the child, the judge can grant each parent the right of first refusal.