Pennsylvania Info

Pennsylvania Divorce Start Your Divorce Find Professionals Pennsylvania Articles Divorce Facts Divorce Grounds Residency Divorce Laws Mediation/Counseling Divorce Process Legal Separation Annulments Property Division Alimony Child Custody Child Support Divorce Forms Process Service Grandparent Rights Forum Pennsylvania Products Divorce by County

Pennsylvania Articles

Agreements Custody & Visitation Child Support Counseling Divorce/General Domestic Abuse Financial Planning Mediation Property Division Spousal Support SEE ALL

Info Categories

Contemplating Divorce Children & Divorce Divorce, Dollars & Debt Divorce Laws Divorce Process Divorce Negotiation SEE ALL

More Information

Articles Checklists Research Center Cases of Interest Dictionary Encyclopedia Encyclopedia (pop-up) Blogs

For Professionals

Advertise With Us Free Network Page Join Our Network Submit Articles Sign In

Network Sites

Pennsylvania Divorce Support Pennsylvania Divorce Online

First Appellate Decision on New Relocation Statute

In January 2011, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed sweeping changes to the Custody Law in Pennsylvania. One of the major changes was the addition of a specific procedure which must be followed before a person can relocate with a minor child.

In this case, E.D. v. M.P., which is a 2011 case, Father did not serve the proper Notice, that he intended to relocate and Mother did not file the required Counter-affidavit. However, because neither party objected to these failures, the Court treated the issues as waived.

Hot Tip: A party intending on relocating must first serve the required Notice on the other parent, in most cases. If you don’t, that may effect one’s ability to relocate. However, if you don’t tell the Judge that the other side didn’t send the Notice, the Court won’t hold that failure against the other party.

The Relocation statute specifically lists 16 factors the Court MUST consider in deciding a relocation case. If the Court does not consider these factors, the Court has made an error.

Further, under this sweeping Custody statute, the criminal backgrounds of both Mother and Father, as well as all people residing in Mother and Father’s household, must be considered by the Court. Also, the history of drug and alcohol abuse must be analyzed.

Hot Tip: It is important that the Judge is made aware of the names and birth dates of all members of the opposing parent’s household. Criminal, drug and alcohol abuse histories can be very relevant in deciding who gets custody and on what schedule.

Was this helpful? Like our site & let us know.

Related Articles

Start Pennsylvania Divorce Start Your Pennsylvania Online Divorce Today
Easy, Fast and Affordable with a 100% Guarantee.
Pennsylvania Divorce Find Pennsylvania Divorce Professionals in Your Area:
Join the Network
Pennsylvania Divorce Products, Services and Solutions Pennsylvania Divorce Products, Services and Solutions
Pennsylvania Divorce Resources to Help You Through the Process.
Online Parenting Class Pennsylvania Mandatory Online Parenting Class
Easy and convenient - complete at your own pace online.
Divorce and Custody Books Discount Divorce Bookstore
Over 100 Titles of the Best Books on Divorce & Custody.
Divorce Downloads Divorce Download Center
Instantly Download, Books, Manuals, & Forms.
Divorce Worksheet Free Pennsylvania Divorce Worksheet & Separation Agreement
Your Guide to Get Organized and Put Everything in Writing.
Pennsylvania distributes marital property on an "equitable" basis, which means the court awards property in a manner it believes is fair, not necessarily on a 50-50 basis. The court considers numerous factors when it considers how to award divorce property, and it can also award alimony.
Divorce Lawyers & Mediators

Find Professionals

Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
Enter Your Zip Code:


Start Your Divorce File for a Pennsylvania Divorce


Settle Your Divorce Negotiate Your Pennsylvania Divorce


Support Forum Pennsylvania Support Forum

Guarantee Official PayPal Seal Facebook Twitter Versign Secure Site
Limited Offer Women's Rights Manual For Divorce
Cover Price: $55.95
Your Price: $29.95
You Save: $26.00

"The Absolute Best Investment in Your Divorce"

Men's Rights Manual For Divorce
Cover Price: $55.95
Your Price: $29.95
You Save: $26.00

"Uncover Your Options and Unleash Solutions"