Know the Laws: Illinois
UPDATED October 9, 2016
This page has Illinois-specific information on allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. There is also a general custody information page, which may be helpful.
Under the law, “relocation” has a different meaning depending on which county you live in and whether you are moving within Illinois or to another state.
To see what steps you need to take if you want to relocate, go to If I want to relocate with my child, what steps do I need to take?
* 750 ILCS 5/600(g)(1),(3)
** 750 ILCS 5/600(g)(2),(3)
If a parent who has been allocated a majority of parenting time or equal parenting time in court wants to relocate with his/her child, there are certain steps s/he must follow:*
If the non-relocating parent consents to the relocation, the law says that s/he can "sign" the notice and you can file it with the court and relocate.*3 Be sure to check with the clerk of court whether or not the signature needs to be notarized or if there are any additional requirements that must be met. The court will then modify the parenting plan or allocation judgment accordingly (as long as the agreed modification is in the child's best interests).*3
If the non-relocating parent does not consent to the relocation, you must file a petition in court seeking permission to relocate.*4 Then a hearing would be held where the judge would decide whether or not to allow the relocation. You can read about the factors that a judge will consider when deciding whether or not to allow you to relocate in section (g) of the law, 750 ILCS 5/609.2 on our IL Statutes page.
* 750 ILCS 5/609.2(b)
*1 750 ILCS 5/609.2(d)
*2 750 ILCS 5/609.2(c)
*3 750 ILCS 5/609.2(e)
*4 750 ILCS 5/609.2(f)