Father fights back against child relocation request

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

When one parent wants to move out of the state with the children, the parent in Illinois cannot just pack up and move. Rather, the other parent needs to approve of this move. If the other parent does not approve, both will most likely find themselves in court trying to convince a judge why this move should or should not happen.

One news station recently reported on a case involving a father and mother who are in the midst of a child custody battle where the ex-wife wants to relocate with her children to another state. The mother has a job in this other state, but the father does not want his ex-wife to move his children so far away. The ex-wife is asking to amend the couple’s 2011 divorce settlement.

In this case, the couple have three children. Regardless of what is decided, the oldest daughter will most likely not be affected as she just graduated from high school. In court, the father arrived with the middle child and the mother arrived with the youngest child.

Also at odds in this case is just how much the father will be ordered to pay in child support. By the next court hearing, which is scheduled for July 16, the father will no longer be a mayor, which will most likely play a role in his finances and effect how much he will be ordered to pay.

For fathers living in Illinois, this case shows a parent cannot just relocate with a child. For even though there may be a job opportunity in another state, or another compelling reason to move, a move would not necessarily be in the best interests of a child who would be taken away from their other parent.

These types of child relocation cases can obviously be quite emotional for both parents as there is a lot on the line. It is especially important during this time to talk with an attorney who has experience handling these types of relocation cases in order to make sure the interest of both parents — and the children — are protected.

Source: WREG, “Southhaven Mayor Greg Davis Fights For Custody of Children,” Stephanie Scurlock, June 5, 2013

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