How to Win Court Approval to Relocate with Your Child

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. If the child’s current primary residence is within the Chicago metro area of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties, a move of more than 25 miles is treated as a relocation. If the…

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