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Relocating with a Special Needs Child

 Posted on May 27, 2024 in Family Law

IL family lawyerWhen a divorced parent, or a parent who is in the process of getting divorced, wants to move away with his or her child, the court will want to make sure that the planned relocation is in the child’s best interests. To decide whether moving will be best for the child, the court will consider a list of factors. While the same factors are used in every child relocation case, how the factors apply to your case will depend on your child’s unique needs. If your child has special needs, has a disability, or has a major medical condition, the court will consider how the move will affect your ability to meet your child’s needs. A Batavia, IL child relocation lawyer can help you show the court how moving will help your child.

Important Factors When Moving With a Disabled or Sick Child 

Some of the factors that are likely to be very important when you are trying to relocate with a child who has disabilities or high medical needs include:

  • The reasons you want to move - Parents of children with special needs often move to be closer to a hospital that specializes in their child’s condition or is uniquely suited to treat their child. Parents may also move so that their child can attend a school that is better able to educate their child or accommodate his or her special needs. 
  • The presence or absence of extended family at the new location - The saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” can be particularly true if your child requires more extensive care than an average child of his or her age. If you are moving to be near extended family who will be able to help you care for your child or provide one-on-one childcare in your home while you work, the move may be very good for your child. 
  • The anticipated impact of the relocation on your child - The court will want to know how the move is likely to affect your child. This can depend on your child’s particular illness or disability. Children with conditions like autism who benefit from a routine may struggle to adapt to a new location, while children with other health issues might benefit from a better climate. 
  • Why the other parent objects - The court will give the other parent a chance to voice his or her objections and explain the reasoning behind them. 

Contact a Batavia, IL Child Relocation Attorney 

The Law Office of Van A. Larson, P.C. is committed to helping parents of children with special needs do what is best for their children. Experienced Kane County, IL custodial parent relocation lawyer Van Larson will give each client’s unique legal needs his personal attention. Contact us at 630-879-9090 for a complimentary consultation.

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