Custody relocation may occur when one parent seeks to move out of the residence where he or she previously resided with a minor child. In Pennsylvania, if your relocation significantly impairs the ability of the non-relocating party to exercise custodial rights, you are required to give notice to the non-relocating party. If you are considering a custody relocation or are concerned that the other parent is seeking to move, contact our central Pennsylvania custody relocation lawyers for help, today.
Factors Affecting Custody Relocation
If the non-relocating party objects to the custody relocation, a relocation hearing must be held where the court determines whether relocation is in the best interest of the child. In determining whether to grant a proposed relocation, the court must consider the following factors, giving weighted consideration to those factors which affect the safety of the child:
- The nature, quality, extent of involvement and duration of the child’s relationship with the party proposing to relocate and with the non-relocating party, siblings and other significant persons in the child’s life.
- The age, developmental stage, needs of the child and the likely impact the relocation will have on the child’s physical, educational and emotional development, taking into consideration any special needs of the child.
- The feasibility of preserving the relationship between the non-relocating party and the child through suitable custody arrangements, considering the logistics and financial circumstances of the parties.
- The child’s preference, taking into consideration the age and maturity of the child.
- Whether there is an established pattern of conduct of either party to promote or thwart the relationship of the child and the other party.
- Whether the relocation will enhance the general quality of life for the party seeking the relocation, including, but not limited to, financial or emotional benefit or educational opportunity.
- Whether the relocation will enhance the general quality of life for the child, including, but not limited to, financial or emotional benefit or educational opportunity.
- The reasons and motivation of each party for seeking or opposing the relocation.
- The present and past abuse committed by a party or member of the party’s household and whether there is a continued risk of harm to the child or an abused party.
- Any other factor affecting the best interest of the child.
Whether you are seeking or objecting to a proposed relocation, it is imperative that you have experienced representation who can successfully guide you through the relocation statutes and ensure the best outcome for your family.
Contact Us For Custody Relocation Assistance
If you are thinking about relocating, or seeking to prevent a relocation, contact Attorneys Alexis Miloszewski and Jessica Smith at 717.520.4400 to discuss your options and the unique facts of your case. We will help you stand up for your rights.