After a divorce, a parent may wish to move to a new location to find employment, be closer to family members or gain a fresh start in a new community. When a parent wishes to move with minor children, however, the other parent may be concerned about the impact it will have on his or her visitation rights.
If you are seeking to relocate or you need help opposing a relocation, contact an experienced family law attorney at Lake Toback. Our attorneys can advise you of your rights, help you understand how a court may view your case and vigorously protect your rights while seeking modification for the original parenting plan. For assistance, contact our law office in Chicago, Illinois.
What You Need To Know About Illinois Relocation And Child Removal Laws
If you are a custodial parent seeking to move with minor children to another state, it is critical that you understand your legal rights and obligations. Illinois law requires that custodial parents obtain the consent of noncustodial parents or obtain prior court approval if they wish to move to another state with minor children.
If you are a noncustodial parent seeking to oppose a relocation, or if the custodial parent has already moved without your consent (and without court approval), contact the experienced family law lawyers at Lake Toback immediately to determine your best course of action.
Our attorneys excel at handling cases involving complex custody and visitation issues. We have decades of experience in matrimonial law and have helped many clients protect their rights in parental relocation and child removal disputes. You can rely on us to aggressively defend your rights.
What If The Noncustodial Parent Objects To Relocation?
A common concern of custodial parents seeking to relocate is that the noncustodial parent will be able to block them from moving. While an opposition to relocation may make relocation more difficult, it should never be considered an absolute bar.
In Illinois, family courts will weigh the motives of both parents when a relocation is challenged. While the relocating parent must show that the move is in the child's best interests, the noncustodial parent may not oppose relocation simply to frustrate the custodial parent, especially if a reasonable visitation schedule can be arranged.
The lawyers at our Chicago firm excel at finding solutions to complicated custody scenarios. If you are concerned about how a noncustodial parent will react to your relocation, talk to one of our attorneys.
Contact Our Illinois Parental Relocation Dispute Attorneys
Lake Toback is located in the heart of Chicago's Loop. Our office is five blocks west of Lake Shore Drive and ten blocks east of I-90/94, at the southeast corner of Washington and Dearborn streets. To speak with a Chicago parental relocation lawyer at Lake Toback, call 312-288-8985 or contact us by email.