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Relocating With Children

When a parent leaves the state or country, how are custody, support and parenting time affected? Make sure you understand the steps that you can take to protect your child and to minimize the chance that your child could be removed from the United States without your knowledge or consent.

Interstate And International Custody And Support

The United States has treaties and agreements with different countries and each country's involvement in those treaties affects the steps that need to be taken or that can be taken to compel the return of a minor child improperly removed from this country. If you have concerns, talk to us about steps you can take to protect your children.

Our attorneys at Grunyk & Associates, P.C., in Naperville can ensure any relocation happens in accordance with the law and your family's best interests. We have the experience and skills to assist you in interstate or international custody and support issues. We are committed to being accessible, responsive and respectful.

Relocation Of Children From Illinois

A parent who has been allocated a majority of parenting time or either parent who has been allocated equal parenting time through the divorce process cannot relocate with the minor children without the consent of both parents or an order of the court.

If a parent lives with the minor child in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry or Will County, the parent and child cannot move more than 25 miles away from the current residence. If the parent and child live in a county not listed above, the parent and child cannot move more than 50 miles away from the current residence.

Why can't a parent just relocate when he or she wants to? Because courts try to protect and maintain the relationship each parent has with his or her children after the divorce. If a parent who has been allocated a majority of the parenting time or either parent has been allocated equal parenting time wants to move out of the aforementioned radius and take the minor children, and if the parents cannot agree, the court will make a determination based on the children's best interests.

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These are challenging cases and fact-specific, often requiring experts to be retained to help the court determine whether the move will benefit the child and whether the relationship of the child and the parent remaining in the state can be preserved. These are serious cases and stressful cases; you want an experienced family law attorney working with you to develop a strategy and realistic approach to the issue.

To speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your family law matter involving the relocation of a child, email us today.