Child Relocations Law In Illinois

When a parent plans to move far away and take his or her children along, the other parent may object to living apart from the kids. At Watson Law, our experienced family law attorney Linda Watson can help you reach a solution to your child relocation conflict and make sure your kids' best interests are respected at all times.

Relocation Law In Illinois Has Changed

Recent changes to parental responsibility laws in Illinois may impact your ability to relocate with your children or contest such a move. Under the law, a parent with primary custody must get permission from the court to move more than 50 miles within the state or more than 25 miles across state lines, if the noncustodial parent does not agree to the move.

Four Keys To Relocation Disputes

As with any parental responsibility matter, the court's first concern is the best interests of the children. Judges must consider 11 factors when deciding whether to approve a relocation, including:

  • How involved is the noncustodial parent in the child's life? For example, does he or she show up to the child's sporting events and concerts, parent-teacher meetings, scheduled parenting time and so forth?
  • Is the custodial parent moving because of a promising job opportunity? What are his or her long-term economic goals?
  • Where do the child's grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives live?
  • How would the new living environment impact the child? For example, if the parent is proposing to move from a large city to a rural location, is the child more likely to thrive or struggle there?

The answers to these and other questions will determine whether the judge will allow the parent to move away with the child. As your lawyer, Linda Watson will work closely with you to build a persuasive case based on the facts. Your kids' well-being will be her top priority until you case is resolved.

Contact Watson Law at 309-733-4395 or 888-357-4339 to make an appointment with attorney Linda Watson. The first consultation is free. Our offices are in Peoria, Bloomington and Washington, and we offer flexible hours to fit your schedule.