Often, after a divorce, separating spouses in Illinois choose to move to another city, or even leave the state. Relocation may seem like a smart decision considering the various emotional challenges couples face after divorce. Most court decisions do not dictate how divorced spouses should deal with these challenges. However, if one parent plans to relocate to another state with a child, particularly if that child was born to parents who were not married, the situation is more complicated because a number of state and federal laws must be considered.
According to Illinois state laws, which were discussed in an earlier blog post, a judge considers a number of factors before granting permission to a parent to relocate or remove a child to a different location. The purpose of multiple factors is to prevent incidents of parental kidnapping and to align with federal guidelines provided by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act.
In spite of clear existing laws, removal of a child is often a difficult task because courts do not grant permission unless the relocating parent convinces the court that relocation will not be detrimental to the best interests of the child. Even after obtaining permission, preparing a revised child custody and visitation plan can pose a number of challenges, especially because relocation automatically decreases the amount of available parenting time for the non-custodial parent.
Considering such complexities related to removal of a child from Illinois, residents of Lake County may consider seeking legal advice from an experienced family lawyer, such as attorney Dwayne Douglas. With almost 25 years of experience as a trial attorney practicing family law, Dwayne Douglas may be the best person to represent you in court.
Additionally, owing to his extensive experience with parenting issues for both mother and father, Dwayne Douglas understands the various concerns parents may have regarding relocation and therefore, can successfully address those issues, always keeping in mind the best interests of the child.