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Chicago Office

20 N. Clark Street, Suite 2720
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: 312-345-9999

Schaumburg Office

1101 Perimeter Dr. Ste. 220
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-995-9999

Wheaton Office

400 S. County Farm Road, Suite 320
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Phone: 630-653-9400

Orland Park Office

15255 W. 94th Ave., Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Phone: 708-226-9904

Chicago Child Removal Attorneys

Child Removal and Relocation Lawyers in Chicago

At the law office of Anderson & Associates, P.C., of Chicago, Illinois, we put forth great effort to achieve justice and protect the rights of our clients. Although family law cases must be delicately handled, we take extra care when dealing with the removal of children from a home. As with any matter involving children, our ultimate goal is to create the best possible situation for each child. Our attorneys are experienced in dealing with child removal cases and can answer your questions, whether you are seeking to remove a child or fighting the other parent’s request for removal.

Understanding Removal in Illinois

Child removal is the relocation of a child outside of Illinois while a divorce is pending or after a divorce or termination of a civil union. Whether the move is temporary or permanent, all aspects are governed by Illinois laws. According to Section 609 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, “the court may grant leave, before or after judgment, to any party having custody of any minor child or children to remove such child or children from Illinois whenever such approval is in the best interests of such child or children.”

Some common reasons for seeking a removal are:

  • Better employment opportunities and quality of life
  • Transfer of employment to another state
  • Remarriage (new spouse lives outside of Illinois)

The custodial parent will have to prove to the court that the move is in the best interest of the child. In the case of a temporary removal, the custodial parent may also have to comply with a plan to return the child or children to the state. If you wish to initiate a removal request, the proper petition must be filed in your jurisdiction. Our attorneys can assist you with the paperwork and guide you through the hearing.

The Impact of Removal

As a noncustodial parent you may not agree with the removal as it will impact visitation. Both parents have rights in removal situations, so you need a fierce advocate on your side to prove your case. We believe in reviewing each fact of a removal case, considering the impact to the family unit and working to achieve the best possible outcome.

If you need to move to secure a better life for your family, you should ask yourself several questions:

  • What emotional impact will this move have on my child?
  • How will the move affect the other parent?
  • Will this new opportunity truly improve the life of my child?

If you intend to fight the move, you must ponder similar questions. Divorce is an emotionally-charged event which may cloud judgment. It makes sense to have legal counsel to help you sort out the best solution for your family and protect the emotional development of your children.

If you would like to discuss your child removal issue, contact us to schedule a consultation. We have offices conveniently located in downtown Chicago and throughout the Chicago area including Schaumburg, Wheaton, and Orland Park.