The Law Office of Marta S. Laynas understands that circumstances change and you may need to modify an existing child custody order. At this firm, you get the information and advice you need to understand Pennsylvania relocation laws and guidelines and make the best decisions for your family. Relocation decisions can be made through mutual agreement and mediation or with court-ordered modifications.
Pennsylvania statute dictates that neither parent may relocate unless each person who has custody rights to the child consents to the relocation or the court approves the relocation. The party wishing to relocate must provide adequate notice to each person with custody rights. The notice must be given within a specific timeframe and include specific details about the relocating party’s new residence. The party proposing the relocation bears the burden of proving that the relocation is in the best interests of the child. An experienced West Chester child relocation family law attorney can ensure that you understand the requirements and procedures for your proposed relocation and the potential objections that may be applicable.
The primary concern in any decision involving minor children is always the best interests of the child. The court considers:
If a parent chooses to relocate without providing proper notice to each party with custody rights, the court may impose serious sanctions. The court considers the failure to provide notice as a factor in making a relocation determination or a modification to established child custody orders. The court also has the ability to hold the noncompliant party in contempt of court and may order that party to pay any attorney fees and costs incurred as a result of the failure.
Rely on The Law Office of Marta S. Laynas to help you navigate the legal system and assess how relocation affects your family. Serving clients in West Chester and the surrounding counties, the attorneys can be reached at 610-692-3460 or online.