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Child custody could impact a Pennsylvania parent's wish to move

When a Pennsylvania couple decides to divorce, the situation can cause a great upset in many aspects of their lives. At least one party will likely need to find a new place to live, and in many situations, that new place may not be in the same region as where the couple lived together. If this is the case, the situation can become complicated if children are involved. Child custody issues can play a significant role in whether a parent decides to move to specific location.

If a parent is awarded custody of children and later wishes to move, the noncustodial parent may desire to have some say in the situation. If a parent decides to question whether the relocation would be beneficial for the children, a custodial parent may need to have a strong ability to assure the move would not negatively impact the children. A custodial parent's desire to relocate could come under intense scrutiny, especially if a court system needs to be involved.

The outcomes of such situations may not always be ideal, and parents may have to deal with residual negative feelings. If a parent is allowed to relocate with the children, that parent may begin to feel badly about putting distance between the children and their other parent. If the parent does not relocate, they may begin to feel resentful about missing out on other opportunities.

Such a situation can be very difficult to handle, and if a parent is not fully prepared as to what a move could mean in terms of child custody, the situation could become even more difficult. It is important to remember that even gaining a desired outcome may not leave the situation feeling perfect. However, information on Pennsylvania state laws regarding child custody and other relevant issues could help a parent determine the best course of action for those who may be impacted.

Source: The Huffington Post, 6 Things to Expect and Consider When Relocating with Children After Divorce, Andrea Moore, Dec. 18, 2013

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