Pennsylvania parents may have many hard decisions to make concerning their children after a divorce. Child custody issues can begin as soon as a divorce is brought up, and in some cases, custody issues can continue on for years. Child custody agreements may be able to be made easily in the beginning, but if certain decisions must be made in the future, such as relocating to another area, a new battle can sometimes begin.
Many people are aware that staying in the same area for one's entire life is not always feasible. Family issues and job opportunities can lead to individuals feeling the need to move. However, such a move can have a considerable impact on custody agreements and could lead to revisiting those agreements and whether or not the relocation of children should be allowed.
The best interests of the children should be the most important aspect to be taken into consideration in such situations. However, parents may have to prove or disprove why the move would be beneficial for the children. This type of case can be difficult for those involved as noncustodial parents may end up seeing their children even less or custodial parents may have to pass on certain opportunities in order to stay in line with custody agreements.
Relocation can wreak havoc on child custody agreements, and many states may have different laws regarding such an issue. Therefore, Pennsylvania parents who may be concerned about the relocation of their children may wish to look into state laws to learn more about their situation. With more information, a party may be better able to defend their stance on why moving their children may or may not be beneficial.
Source: The Huffington Post, In the Child's Best Interest: What It Means in Move-Away Cases, Lisa Helfend Meyer, Feb. 12, 2014