Unfortunately, it really depends on the judge and attorneys. DH
's case was in IL from 1993 when his daughter was born until 2008. Both he and ex's hubby were in the military and for the majority of the years both parties lived in other states. IL made sure the court orders stated clearly that they retained jurisdiction due to military service.
While at one time our court order
also read "reasonable visitiation" that was a disaster. You need a very detailed order such as 1st, 3rd, 5th weekends from time school lets out on Fridays until Sunday 6pm and every Wed's. for example. Once we got our order spelled out if was as if he had joint custody
even though the terms weren't used. Our case only moved from IL to TX in 2008 when ex's IL attorney chose not to represent her again and suggested she look at TX. Which wasn't too bad for us, she registered the order so there was no changes. The TX judge is more strict on ex and hasn't put up with her games and ex has tried. She pulled one over Christmas last year which kept us from our court ordered visit (it was to be split in half) and so this year the judge ordered us to have the entire visit besides our regular Thanksgiving visit. Besides that, the child support
has dropped and ends when she turns 18 (or graduates--which is later for her) and no orders for it to extend to college like IL does.
Also brother-in-law has full custody
of daughter in IL so it can be done. My advice is to research, research, research! Be VERY specific and document everything, do nothing unless its in writing. Also make sure you have a good attorney and review anything before he does it. With all the work I did for my hubby's case I would qualify as a paralegal now.
Some counties are getting better about making sure dad's do stay involved, it just takes alot of work. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. Good luck!