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Interstate custody is a complicated issue

When you and your spouse divorce, there will be many matters relating to parenting to discuss. If you have a child, then parenting time, parental responsibilities, and child support will be three of your most important issues. Parental time and responsibilities are crucial in the state of Illinois -- but in other states, different terms and rules apply than in the state of Illinois. Should you or your spouse move to a different state, or if you have already moved to a different state before or during a divorce, then the matter of interstate custody comes into play.

Interstate custody is a complicated topic, but there is a set of uniform laws that all states must abide by. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act lays out the standards for how a state becomes the home state of a child and the presiding state in an interstate custody case.

There are many issues that need to be considered when two parents live in different states. How does parenting time work? What about visitation rights? How are costs and support payments adjusted for the increased distance between the divorced parents? All of these things need to be taken into account and appropriately addressed.

At Goddard and Malmquist, we have extensive experience not just with parents dealing with divorce in the state of Illinois, but helping parents address interstate custody arrangements. If you have questions about this topic or are in need of legal help in the wake of a divorce, then please consult with our law firm.

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