For whatever reason there are times in life when one needs to move or relocate to either another county or even a different state, at that moment one must take a look at the 10 factors that affect child custody relocation in Pennsylvania. When dealing with divorce and child custody issues things can become even more complicated. It is important to know the laws and factors that affect custody when one parent decides to relocate.
Relocation means a change of residence for a child that would significantly impair the ability of the non-relocating parent to exercise custodial rights. When a parent decides to relocate there are certain procedures that must be followed in order to properly notify other individuals with custody rights of the proposed relocation. If the non-relocating parent objects to the proposed relocation than an expedited hearing will be set and the court will decide on the proposed relocation based on the following ten factors:
10 factors that affect child custody relocation in Pennsylvania
1) 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.
(2) 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.
(3) 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.
(4) The child’s preference, taking into consideration the age and maturity of the child.
(5) Whether there is an established pattern of conduct of either party to promote or thwart the relationship of the child and the other party.
(6) 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.
(7) 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.
(8) The reasons and motivation of each party for seeking or opposing the relocation.
(9) 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.
(10) Any other factor affecting the best interest of the child.
Child custody relocation cases can be very difficult to deal with because they can disrupt the custodial rights of the non-relocating party. While the procedures and factors involved in these cases have become more comprehensive in recent years , there are still situations that are not specifically addressed. It is therefore of the utmost importance that you obtain legal representation experienced in these matters. If you have any questions regarding child custody relocation please contact an attorney at 215-942 -2100 or visit https://phillyesquire.com/ for a live chat.