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Wheaton family law attorneysWhen you have limited time with your child due to a divorce or breakup, the time you do get to spend with your child is extremely valuable. It is during this time that you must foster the relationship you share with your child and strengthen the parent-child bond between you. Anything that threatens your parenting time, then, must be taken very seriously, especially if your parenting time could be affected for an extended period of time. This is typically the case when your child's other parent intends to move with the child to a new city or state. Such a move is usually considered a relocation and Illinois law provides you, as a parent, with certain rights to object.

Legal Definition of Relocation

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act defines a relocation as a move by a parent with half or more of the parenting time outside of a certain radius. A move is considered a relocation if it includes the child and is a move of:

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Illinois family law attorney, moving child out of Illinois, child relocationFor various reasons, a custodial parent may wish to move with his or her child to another state. However, this could lead to a contested child custody dispute. When the non-custodial parent does not want the relocation to occur, the custodial parent must obtain a court order allowing the move to take place.

Best Interests of the Child

The first step when a custodial parent desires to move a minor child with them out of Illinois should be to notify the non-custodial parent with the date of relocation, the address of the intended residence, and the duration of relocation. If the non-custodial parent agrees to the move, and does so by signing the notice, then a court order may not be required; however, it is a good idea to have an agreed order entered. If the non-custodial parent does not agree to the move, then the custodial parent will bear the burden of proving in court that the relocation is in the best interests of the minor child.

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