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Chicago Office

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

Schaumburg Office

1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
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

Orland Park Child Removal Attorneys

At the Orland Park law office of Anderson & Associates, P.C., we take extra care when dealing with the removal of children. Our goal is to create the best possible environment and family situation for these children. Our attorneys are experienced in handling child removal cases and can answer your questions if you are seeking to remove a child or fight a parent’s request for removal.

Child Removal in Illinois

Child removal is the relocation of a child outside of Illinois. A parent wishing to remove a child during or after a divorce or termination of a civil union must request permission from the court. All aspects of a child’s move are governed by Illinois law, whether it is temporary or permanent. Section 609 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act states, “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 child removal are the following:

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

The custodial parent has to prove to the court that a move is in the best interests of the children. For temporary removal, the custodial parent may be required to comply with terms to ensure that the children are returned to the state. If you need to initiate a request for child removal, the proper petition must be filed in your jurisdiction. Our firm can help you with the legal guidance you will need to request a removal from the court.

The Impact of Removal

A noncustodial parent may disagree with the removal of a child as it could impact visitation. Both parents have rights in removal situations, so it is important that you have an experienced advocate on your side to defend your rights. We review each fact of a removal case to consider the impact to a family unit. We work to achieve the best possible outcome for your household.

Ask yourself the following questions if you need to move to secure a better life for your child:

  • 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?

It is important to consider these questions in order to prepare yourself for a child removal case. Divorce can cloud your judgment and make it hard to see what is best. Having experienced legal counsel on your side can help you figure out the best solution for your family and protect the emotional development of your children.

If you need to discuss a child removal issue, contact us to schedule a free consultation. We have four convenient Illinois offices in Orland Park, Chicago, Schaumburg, Wheaton.