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Even in the midst of a divorce, when big changes are already in motion in a household, other circumstances can arise that create an even greater divide between a parent and a child. Sometimes new developments at work or with extended family surface, placing a parent in a position where he or she must decide whether or not to relocate in the wake of a divorce. In other situations, one parent simply wishes to retaliate or distance him or herself--and the child the couple shares--from the other, with hopes of starting over after the separation. Whatever the reason for a potential relocation, there are certain laws in place to govern each parent’s rights when it comes to moving after a divorce. Parents cannot simply take off and uproot their child in the process without proper court authorization and approval from the other parent. These restrictions exist for a number of reasons, one of the most important being the protection of the child’s best interests. 

The Impact of Relocating After Divorce

If you or your ex-spouse must move due to a job transfer or other circumstances, it is important to weigh some of the potential consequences of relocating after your divorce, such as the following:

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Divorced parents often try to stay in the same area in order to maximize both parents’ involvement in the lives of their children, but that is not always possible. One parent may have a career opportunity that requires relocation, or maybe they just want to move closer to their family. If the relocation distance is substantial, the other parent may object because it will affect parenting time with their children and add the burden of travel costs. These cases often must be argued in court.

What Distance Does Illinois Consider a Relocation?

Illinois law 750 ILCS 5/600(g) defines relocation in terms of the distance between the child’s current primary residence and the new address, as measured by an internet mapping service which provides a distance in miles driven.

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IL family lawyerIf you and your spouse have gone through the divorce process, but are still willing to raise your child together, you will be undertaking the responsibilities of co-parenting. Co-parenting has both parents share the parenting duties of the child even after the divorce and comes with its own challenges. The parents will need to create a parenting plan. After a divorce, some people feel a need to relocate and get a fresh start in life. If you feel the need to relocate and are co-parenting your child, it will create challenges. It is important to recognize them and prepare for them before you make the decision to move.

The Distance

Obviously, the first factor that needs to be taken into account is how far away you are planning on relocating, and the different situations that will arise if you are the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent. The custodial parent is the person with whom the child spends the majority of their time. Due to the amazing technology available today, it is easier than ever to be present in someone’s life without being physically near them. However, being farther away is still going to mean that the non-custodial parent will have less overall time to spend with their child and it will be harder to negotiate how the child spends their time.

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Illinois child relocation attorneysLearning that the other parent of your child wants to relocate is a lot like a punch in the gut. Your child, whom you may only see part of the time, could move, perhaps hundreds of miles away. If the relocation is a success, you know that you will see your child less often. The after-school stops for ice cream will end. There will be no more pickups from dance class when your ex-partner is stuck at work. Thankfully, you can attempt to stop a child relocation before it happens. The following information explains further.

An Overview of the Relocation Process

Unless the other parent will be moving a short distance (limits are based on state and county laws), they must notify you, in writing, of their desire to move. Included in their notice should be information on when they intend to relocate, the address to which they are planning to relocate, and the duration of the relocation (some may be temporary). That notice is also filed with the court clerk. If you consent to the move, you can file a response letter with the court, giving the other parent permission to relocate. If you do not consent, you can contest the move, which places the decision in the hands of the court.

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