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25 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 255 (2004-2005)
Have Kids, Might Travel: The Need for a New Roadmap in Illinois Relocation Cases

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New Roadmap in Illinois Relocation Cases
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.   INTRODUCTION    ................................................................................. 255
II.  NATIONAL APPROACHES TO CUSTODY RELOCATION ..................... 259
III. THE HISTORY OF CUSTODY RELOCATION LAW IN ILLINOIS ........... 262
A.   EARLY CASES AND STATUTES .................................................. 262
B.   BEST INTEREST GUIDELINES UNVIEILED: IN RE MARRIAGE OF
ECKERT    .................................................................................... 267
C.   POST-ECKERT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ILLINOIS DISTRICT
CO U RTS ..................................................................................... 270
D.   INDIRECT BENEFITS: IN RE MARRIAGE OF
COLLINGBOURNE ..................................................................... 273
IV. THE NEED FOR STATUTORY GUIDELINES IN REMOVAL CASES...... 279
A. THE UNFORTUNATE RAMIFICATIONS OF A SILENT
RELOCATION     STATUTE ............................................................ 282
B. A NEW ROADMAP: SUGGESTIONS FOR THE REVISION OF
SECTION   609  ........................................................................... 292
V .  C ONCLUSION   .................................................................................... 294
I.   INTRODUCTION
One of the most controversial family law topics is the issue of child
custody relocation. Relocation litigation' addresses the ability of a custo-
dial parent to move with minor children to a different state, away from the
non-custodial parent.2 A number of social factors have converged to bring
relocation litigation to the forefront. Roughly one half of marriages in the
United States end in divorce,3 with more than 1.1 million couples filing for
1.   The term relocation litigation, for the purpose of this comment, is used to de-
scribe cases dealing with a custodial parent's ability to relocate with minor children to a
different state over the objection of a non-custodial parent. Scholarship addressing reloca-
tion litigation, as well as some state statutes, frequently use the terms relocation and re-
moval interchangeably. There is no distinction between the two terms as used hereinafter.
2.   See Sondra Miller, Whatever Happened to the Best Interests Analysis in New
York Relocation Cases?, 15 PACE L. REv. 339, 340 (1995) (using a similar definition of
relocation litigation in its most elemental form.).
3.   Rose M. Kreider & Jason M. Fields, NUMBER, TIMING AND DURATION OF

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