Life is not stagnant and situations constantly change, but for divorced couples who share children, drastic changes can present some big issues that can be difficult to overcome, especially if these changes involve a big move. If you are considering relocating with your child after a divorce, it is crucial to carefully examine this decision without hastily beginning the process.
Here are some things you should think of if you believe a move could be in your future:
- Relocating with a child is one of the most difficult issues divorced spouses face, so you might end up having to appear before family court to seek a resolution that suits your situation.
- When it comes to relocation, there is no one-size-fits-all in determining how or to what degree a child might be affected by this situation. As parents, you must take it upon yourselves to honestly evaluate whether or not this decision is in the best interests of your child.
- Of course, it is not only up to the parents to figure out what best suits a child. Family court will not allow anything, not even a parent’s need to be in closer proximity to a job or support system, to supersede the well-being of a child. However, if the well-being of the child is inherently linked to the custodial parent’s relocation, which will improve their quality of life, the court will consider this in their ruling.
- If the non-custodial parent contests the relocation, the relocating parent will need to prove that the child will only be marginally impacted by the move. This essentially means the parent will need to establish that the child’s quality of life will experience an overall improvement despite being physically separated from the non-custodial parent.
- Keep in mind that the court and your loved ones will closely inspect your reasoning for this move. Some might claim that you are being motivated by anger or vengeance rather than a genuine desire to improve your child’s life. Honestly ask yourself why you are making this major decision.
Child Custody Attorneys in Illinois Ready to Help Settle Your Issues
For divorcing parents, there is no other issue more contested than that of child custody, especially when the custodial parent decides to relocate. At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our Illinois divorce attorneys can assist you throughout this difficult time and ensure that you and your former spouse are able to reach a resolution that is suitable for your family.
Contact our office today at any one of our convenient locations to schedule a free consultation.