Can I Relocate With Children After My Divorce?

Starting the Process to Relocate With Children Post-Divorce

Relocation Based on Child’s Best Interests

  1. the circumstances and reasons for the intended relocation;
  2. the reasons, if any, why a parent is objecting to the intended relocation;
  3. the history and quality of each parent’s relationship with the child and specifically whether a parent has substantially failed or refused to exercise the parental responsibilities allocated to him or her under the parenting plan or allocation judgment;
  4. the educational opportunities for the child at the existing location and at the proposed new location;
  5. the presence or absence of extended family at the existing location and at the proposed new location (the child’s ties to the current and proposed community and to extended family members);
  6. the anticipated impact of the relocation on the child;
  7. whether the court will be able to fashion a reasonable allocation of parental responsibilities between all parents if the relocation occurs;
  8. the wishes of the child, taking into account the child’s maturity and ability to express reasoned and independent preferences as to relocation;
  9. possible arrangements for the exercise of parental responsibilities appropriate to the parents’ resources and circumstances and the developmental level of the child;
  10. minimization of the impairment to a parent-child relationship caused by a parent’s relocation; and
  11. any other relevant factors bearing on the child’s best interests.” [750 ILCS 5/609.2(g)(1) to (11)]

Relocation When Other Parent Fails to Exercise Parenting Time

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