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When a parent wants to relocate with their child, it is not as simple as packing up and moving to a new home. Pennsylvania law places tight restrictions on a party’s ability to relocate with a child if the other parent opposes the relocation. Sometimes there is a dispute about whether there a move is considered a relocation under the law. Pa.R.C.P. No. 1915.17 defines relocation as a change in a child’s residence “which significantly impairs the ability of a non-relocating party to exercise custodial rights.” Sometimes, for example, the court could find that a move from Wexford to Upper St. Clair could be considered a relocation under the law.

If the court determines that the proposed move would be a relocation, the parent seeking to relocate over the other party’s objection must follow a number of procedural steps to obtain permission from the court. Our attorneys are experienced in relocation cases and can provide you with the necessary skill and knowledge to achieve an agreeable outcome.