Removal is moving a minor child out of the State of Illinois. The residential parent can move outside of Illinois, but the minor child cannot unless there is an agreement by the parties or a Court Order. Removal is very difficult to obtain, however is happening more often due to people relocating due to employment and/or remarriage. Whether a parent has sole or joint custody, they do not automatically have the right to move the child outside of Illinois.
I have successfully litigated cases where my clients have been able to move their child(ren) outside of Illinois and have also prevented the removal of their child(ren) from Illinois. The process takes a substantial amount of time and a considerable financial investment.