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Relocation of a Child by the Custodial Parent

Relocation cases involving children can be emotionally charged and legally complex. When a custodial parent seeks to relocate with a child in Illinois, several factors come into play to ensure the best interests of the child are protected.

Understanding Relocation of a Child by the Custodial Parent

Relocation, in the context of child custody, refers to a situation where the custodial parent intends to move to a new location, either within or outside the state, with the child. This move may have a significant impact on the child’s relationship with the noncustodial parent and requires legal approval before it can occur.

 Factors Considered by the Court in Relocation Cases

When a custodial parent seeks court approval for relocation, Illinois law mandates that the best interests of the child be the primary consideration. The court will assess several factors, including but not limited to:

  • Child’s Relationship with Each Parent: The court will examine the child’s relationship with both parents and evaluate how the proposed relocation may affect the child’s ability to maintain a meaningful and ongoing relationship with the noncustodial parent.
  • Impact on the Child’s Education: The court will consider the impact of the proposed relocation on the child’s education, including potential changes in schools and disruptions to academic stability.
  • Emotional and Physical Well-being of the Child: The court will assess whether the relocation will benefit the child’s emotional and physical well-being, including access to necessary healthcare services, support networks, and a stable living environment.
  • Noncustodial Parent’s Ability to Maintain a Relationship: The court will evaluate the noncustodial parent’s ability to maintain a strong relationship with the child despite the distance resulting from the relocation, including the proposed visitation schedule and the logistics of transportation.
  • Child’s Preference: Depending on the child’s age and maturity level, the court may take into account the child’s preference regarding the proposed relocation.

Glasgow & Olsson Can Help 

Relocation cases involving children can be complex, requiring a thorough understanding of Illinois law and a strategic approach to present a persuasive case to the court. Whether you are seeking to obtain court approval for a relocation request or challenging a relocation request by the custodial parent, the attorneys at Glasgow & Olsson Law Firm have the experience necessary to guide you through the legal process. Remember, in relocation cases, the best interests of the child always remain the paramount consideration, and obtaining competent legal representation is crucial to ensure your child’s well-being is protected throughout the proceedings.

With our knowledge of Illinois family law and our dedication to our clients, the Glasgow & Olsson Law Firm is well-equipped to assist you in navigating the complexities of child relocation cases. Their team of attorneys will work closely with you to understand your specific circumstances and develop a tailored strategy to pursue or challenge a relocation request.