FIRST REFUSAL NOW ILLINOIS LAW

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Public Act 098-0462
HB2992 Enrolled LRB098 07270 HEP 41552 b
 
AN ACT concerning civil law.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 5. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of
Marriage Act is amended by adding Section 602.3 as follows:
(750 ILCS 5/602.3 new)
Sec. 602.3. Care of minor children; right of first refusal.
(a) If the court awards joint custody under Section 602.1
or visitation rights under Section 607, the court may consider,
consistent with the best interest of the child as defined in
Section 602, whether to award to one or both of the parties the
right of first refusal to provide child care for the minor
child or children during the other parent's normal parenting
time, unless the need for child care is attributable to an
emergency.
(b) As used in this Section, "right of first refusal" means
that if a party intends to leave the minor child or children
with a substitute child-care provider for a significant period
of time, that party must first offer the other party an
opportunity to personally care for the minor child or children.
The parties may agree to a right of first refusal that is
consistent with the best interest of the minor child or
children. If there is no agreement and the court determines
 
that a right of first refusal is in the best interest of the
minor child or children, the court shall consider and make
provisions in its order for:
(1) the length and kind of child-care requirements
invoking the right of first refusal;
(2) notification to the other parent and for his or her
response;
(3) transportation requirements; and
(4) any other action necessary to protect and promote
the best interest of the minor child or children.
(c) The right of first refusal may be enforced under
Section 607.1 of this Act.
(d) The right of first refusal is terminated upon the
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