The court can allow the relocation of a parent and child across the state or to another region in some circumstances. However, custody relocation cases are almost always contentious and often a long process. A parent with primary custody rights who seeks to relocate needs to understand that the court may not allow the relocation of the child. These cases are best to start early, as it could take a year before your case is decided. There are very specific notice requirements and forms required by the court and you may lose rights if you do not follow them.
LEGAL ADVICE IN CUSTODY RELOCATION CASES
At the firm of Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C., we represent Pennsylvania parents in relocation cases — including parents wishing to relocate and those seeking to prevent the relocation of their children. We have successfully represented numerous clients in parental relocation cases. We will work to achieve your goals and protect your rights.
Contact us by email or call 215-752-6200 to schedule a call for a free confidential consultation.
WHAT THE COURT CONSIDERS
The more involved the nonrelocating parent is in raising the child, the more difficult it can be to obtain the court’s approval for the relocation. As with all child custody and visitation matters, the court’s ultimate standard will be “the best interest of the child”.
In broad terms, the court will seek to determine whether the child will have a better life in the new location. Among some of the specific factors the court will look at include:
The reasons for the relocation
The family resources and support the child would have in the new location and what would be taken away by the move
The amount and type of interaction the nonrelocating parent would have with the child
In representing you, the lawyers at Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C., will work to develop compelling arguments that support your position.
LITIGATION OR NEGOTIATION
Many parental relocation cases can be resolved only by litigation. However, it may be possible to negotiate a solution acceptable to the court which provides the nonrelocating parent with increased time with the child. Whatever your situation, you need to understand that you are placing the outcome of your case in the hands of a judge and you may have to wait a significant amount of time before a decision is made. Before you make any decisions, we will explain the issues in your case and discuss how the judge could view the situation.