It requires the court to set the first hearing date for a petition for visitation within 45 days of the petition being filed. It requires that further hearing dates be set in court within 45 days of the prior hearing.
It would allow the court to impose penalties and sanctions on any party that intentionally or recklessly causes an undue delay. In proceedings regarding a visitation petition brought by a grandparent or great-grandparent.
A petition for visitation may be filed under 750 ILCS 5/609.2 for grandparent visitation (and for other persons). There is a rebuttable presumption that a fit parent’s actions and decisions regarding grandparent, great-grandparent, sibling, or step-parent visitation are not harmful to the child’s mental, physical, or emotional health.
The burden is on the party filing a petition under this Section to prove that the parent’s actions and decisions regarding visitation will cause undue harm to the child’s mental, physical, or emotional health.