The Fifth district of the Illinois Appellate Court recently issued a decision with respect to the "removal" of children from the state of Illinois so that a mother could accept employment in another state. As a Chicago divorce lawyer, I must be familiar with this decision to properly advise clients with removal issues.
Divorced or divorcing parents of minor children must obtain permission from the court in order to remove the minor children from the State of Illinois on a permanent basis. In this recent decision, In re Marriage of Smith, the Appellate Court appears to have relaxed the standard to allow removal in response to the argument of the divorce attoreny of the petitioning parant.
It is important to remember that all cases are different and that only an attorney can evaluate your removal case. Please feel free to contact my office to speak with an expert Chicago divorce lawyer should you have any questions regarding your specific situation.