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Relocation

Our modern society offers people a greater freedom of mobility than ever before. However, the relocation of a child resulting from a divorce or seeking modification of an existing custody arrangement can become a complicated legal matter. Consulting with the skilled family law attorneys at Fisher & Fisher Law Offices is critical. For over three decades, we have been successfully pursuing relocation issues for residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania in Monroe, Wayne, Pike, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon, and Northampton Counties

Relocation is a complex legal issue in Pennsylvania, especially when the move is a sufficient distance from the non-custodial parent and will affect his or her ability to see the child with any regularity. If your move has an impact upon the other parent’s ability to maintain contact with the child, you will most likely require Court approval to relocate the child. Otherwise, there could be serious ramifications.

Relocation cases in Pennsylvania are generally difficult to resolve out of court, especially where the custodial parent is moving a significant distance. The parent who is moving away must not only prove that the relocation is in the best interest of the child, but also that he or she was moving for legitimate reasons, and not solely to frustrate the custodial rights of the other parent.

At Fisher & Fisher we have the knowledge and experience to vigorously represent you before the court. If you are facing relocation due to your job or any other circumstances, call us today for a free consultation.

The 10 Factor Test for Relocation under the Child Custody Act

  1. The nature, quality, and extent of involvement of the child with both parties and also other people who are significant in the child’s life
  2. The age, developmental stage, and needs of the child that could impact the child’s physical, educational, and emotional development
  3. The ease of preserving the relationship between the child and nonrelocating party in terms of logistics and finances.
  4. The child’s preference, depending on the child’s age
  5. If the parties have a pattern of conduct that promotes or harms the relationship with the child and parties.
  6. If relocation will enhance the quality of life for the relocating party (including financial, educational, or emotional benefits)
  7. If relocation will enhance the quality of life for the child (including financial, educational, or emotional benefits)
  8. Motivations of each party in terms of the relocation
  9. Past or present abuse
  10. Other factors affecting the best interest of the child
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