Warrenville Parent and Child Relocation Attorney
Compassionate Child Removal Lawyer in West Chicago
Divorce can be a very turbulent time, particularly when there are children involved. One of the most stressful circumstances is when a parent decides to relocate with a child out of the area. Such a move can have a major impact on parental responsibilities and parenting time/visitation. Illinois law has strict guidelines on parent and child relocation. If you find yourself in a dispute over this issue, you need skilled legal counsel in your corner fighting to ensure your rights and interests are fully protected.
At The Law Offices of Nancy Kasko, LLC we have extensive knowledge of parent and child relocation laws, and all other areas of Illinois divorce law. Attorney Nancy Kasko handles all of our divorce and family law cases. Nancy has been through a contentious divorce, and she understands personally the enormous emotional strain it can have on spouses and their families. She has made it her mission to be a strong legal advocate for others who are going through this difficult process.
Nancy works closely with her clients, taking the time to fully understand their needs and the unique facts of their case so she can develop the right strategy to achieve a favorable outcome. Nancy is honest and down to earth, and she always gives you the straight facts, so you know what to expect from the outset. She also stays in regular contact with you throughout the process and provides ongoing case updates.
Parent and Child Relocation in Illinois
State law defines “relocation” as one of the following:
- If the current primary residence of the child is in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Will, or McHenry County, a move to a new in-state residence that is at least 25 miles from the current residence;
- If the current primary residence of the child is in any other county within the state, a move to a new in-state residence that is at least 50 miles from the current residence;
- Regardless of the Illinois county the child currently resides in, any move to a new out-of-state residence that is at least 25 miles from the current residence.
When relocating, a parent with whom the child resides the majority of the time or with whom there is equal parenting time must obtain the consent of the other parent or petition the court for a post-divorce modification.
The first step is for the moving parent to send the other parent advanced written notice of the parent and child relocation. This notice must be sent at least 60 days in advance (in most cases), and should include the following:
- The date you are intending to move;
- The address of the residence you intend to move to;
- The length of time you intend to be at your new residence (if the move is temporary).
If the non-moving parent agrees with the move, he/she can sign the notice, and it will be filed with the court and no further action is required. If the non-moving parent objects and/or fails to sign the notice, the moving parent must obtain approval from the court. When deciding whether to grant approval for child relocation, a judge will weigh a variety of factors to determine whether the move is in the child’s best interests.
Receive a Free Consultation with a Skilled Wheaton Child Removal Lawyer
Parent and child relocations can become quite complicated, particularly when the non-moving parent objects and the court becomes the final arbiter. Attorney Nancy Kasko is a skilled litigator and a strong negotiator. Whatever your circumstances, she stands by your side and aggressively advocates for your interests and the interests of your child(ren). For a free consultation with attorney Kasko, contact our Warrenville office today at 630-836-8540 or our Wheaton office at 630-407-1665. We serve clients in Warrenville, Winfield, West Chicago, Wheaton, and DuPage County, Illinois.