Understanding Child Relocation

The parent with the majority of parenting time has many rights, but moving a child out of Illinois on a whim is not one of them. A specific process must be followed to seek permission to relocate, and any relocation must be deemed in the child's best interest.

At The Law Office of Cynthia L. Lazar in Libertyville, I have been helping mothers and fathers in Illinois with relocation-related issues for more than 20 years. As a experienced divorce lawyer, I have a proven track record of helping parties in parenting matters reach agreements they can live with.

How Are Relocation Requests Handled?

A court order must be granted for a relocation to legally take place. The parent who wishes to move with the child has the burden of demonstrating that the move is in the child's best interest. A judge will consider several factors, primarily:

  • The motive for the move (remarriage, new job, closer to family, etc.)
  • The impact the move will have on the other parent's relationship with the child
  • The likelihood that a workable visitation schedule can be reached
  • The effect the move will have on the relocated parent and the child's quality of life

What About Moving With Children In-State?

If you reside in Lake County, Illinois, moving within the state of Illinois might be permitted provided that the move meets statutory requirements. This could lead to a post-decree modification of a parental agreement or child support.

Get Answers To Your Relocation Questions From A Proven Attorney

No two cases are ever exactly the same, so it is in your best interest to speak to me directly about your situation. Contact my firm today to arrange a consultation.