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out of state, child removal, Illinois child custody attorneyYou can not be expected to live in Illinois forever. Maybe you will, but it is also possible that an opportunity in another state will arise that you just cannot refuse. Under most circumstances, packing up and moving for such an opportunity is easy. When you have a child subject to a custody agreement, however, it can become much more difficult.

Your child needs to spend time and maintain a relationship with both of his or her parents. The court recognizes these needs and creates child custody agreements around them, allowing both parents time with their child. This is codified in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act as it pertains to child custody. If you wish to move out of state with your child, you may face opposition from the other parent. An experienced family attorney can work with you to demonstrate to the court that a move in your child&s best interest.

Opposition to an Interstate Move

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child custody modificationLife happens, and a child custody order which may have been perfectly workable for both parties can quickly become outdated, unfair, and harmful to the children. A job change, a new relationship, a midlife crisis and countless other items can significantly disrupt a divided family’s life.

As a rule of thumb, most family law orders need to be formally modified, or at least updated, every three or four years. Many parents are concerned about visitation and custody provisions which may no longer be in the children’s best interest. What does a party need to prove to modify custody in Illinois?

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Stacy Thibodeaux, 45, of St. Peters, says she was furious when she found pictures of her children on her ex-husband’s online dating profile after their divorce. She confronted her ex, claiming that it was inappropriate to have their young children’s images on Match.com.

Following her confrontation, he simply blocked her from his profile.

Thibodeaux, who has recently remarried after being divorced for five years, said she realized that she could not control what her ex-husband did with their children’s pictures. It had occurred to her, however, that it may have been helpful to establish some ground rules about their children’s digital exposure as part of their custody agreement.

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