This is the next post in a series of articles discussing the rights of Peoria, Illinois fathers in cases involving relocating a child outside of the state. My previous post provided an overview of what parents may expect at a relocation trial. Trials can seem overwhelming. Knowing what to expect can ease tensions and help ensure the process runs smoothly. In this post, I will discuss how Illinois parents should conduct themselves after the court has granted a relocation order. Failure to comply with an order or to cooperate with the other parent can result in serious consequences for the non-compliant parent. If you need assistance with a child relocation matter, contact my office today to speak to a fathers’ rights attorney.
Custody cases, particularly when a parent is seeking the right to move out of state with a child, can be contentious. The parents often prepare for trial by spending time and money to prove that relocation is or is not in the best interest of the child. This can leave a bitter taste in the mouths of the parents after the trial has concluded. Regardless of whether a party is victorious, it is imperative to comply with the court’s order and to conduct oneself in a manner conducive to fostering a positive relationship with one’s child. Falling short of this can lead parent’s back to court.
First and foremost, parents must comply with the court’s order. If you receive permission to relocate out of the state, a judge will take a strict stance when it comes to protecting the non-relocating parent’s rights. For example, visitation rights are taken very seriously when the move has significantly reduced the child’s time with the other parent. If the order requires the relocated parent to arrange for the child’s travel, including setting travel dates and itineraries by a specific date, this should be specifically followed. Relocation orders often require virtual visitation schedules through electronic platforms, such as Skype, Facetime, or similar options. If an order requires a one hour Skype call every Tuesday and Thursday evening, this should be considered just as important as physical visitation. This means that the calls should be made on time and last for the required time without interruption. Failure to meet the requirements on a regular basis may result in a warning from the court, but continued noncompliance could lead to contempt charges or re-opening of the case.
In addition to following the order, it is important for co-parents to work together, as much as possible, for the sake of the child especially following a relocation. Uprooting a child’s life by moving can be difficult by itself. It is not necessary to make their lives harder by disrespecting or fighting with each other. Avoiding parental conflict will almost always be in a child’s best interest. If you are unsure how to comply with a court’s order or need to enforce your parental rights, contact my office today to speak with a fathers’ rights lawyer. My office represents clients in Peoria as well as Bloomington, Decatur, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. We also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.