Legal Information: Illinois

Custody

Updated: 
September 19, 2017

If I want to relocate with my child, how does the law define "relocate"?

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.  

  • If the child's primary residence is Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, or Will county, relocation would be any move:
    • within Illinois that is more than 25 miles from the child's current residence (as measured by an Internet mapping service); or
    • to another state that is more than 25 miles from the current primary residence (as measured by an Internet mapping service);*
  • If the child's primary residence is in any other county (aside from those listed above), relocation would be any move:
    • within Illinois that is more than 50 miles from the child's current residence (as measured by an Internet mapping service); or
    • to another state that is more than 25 miles from the current primary residence (as measured by an Internet mapping service).**

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)