Child custody and parenting plans, once finalized, are legally binding. If a parent wants to relocate with the child, it may necessitate court involvement. Whether you’re the parent with the majority of parenting time seeking to relocate, or the non-residential parent wanting to oppose the move, immediate consultation with a parental relocation attorney is essential.
State Laws Regarding Relocation or Removal of a Child
Under Illinois law, an “official” relocation may require court permission, depending on the distance and location. The guidelines for defining relocation are:
- Moving out of state more than 25 miles from the child’s primary residence.
- Moving more than 25 miles within the state if the child’s residence is within Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, or Will counties.
- Moving more than 50 miles within the state if the child’s residence is in any other Illinois county (including Peoria, Tazewell, and Central-Illinois counties).