How to Change Jurisdiction for Your Child Custody Matter in Pennsylvania – What You Should Know
Child custody is a sensitive and important aspect of family and domestic law matters. After all, any decision about child custody will be made in the best interests of the child. A question often arises when a child custody matter involves parents and children who have moved to a different county in Pennsylvania or even a different state. Because a child custody order is based on where a child lives at the time the order is entered (or where the child lived for at least six months prior to the time the child custody order was entered), a parent must seek modification of the child custody order if he or she wishes for another state to have jurisdiction over the matter. If a child moves to another county within Pennsylvania, the original court will still have jurisdiction over the custody matter but changing counties will change the “venue” so that the court in the new county can oversee the matter.
Seeking Court Approval to Change Jurisdiction of Your Child Custody Matter
There are a variety of factors a court will consider when determining whether another state can have jurisdiction over a child custody matter. To change the jurisdiction, one or both parents will have to seek a change of jurisdiction with the court where the original child custody order was entered. If a parent and child move to another state, the parent can seek to have a child custody matter transferred to the new state. However, a court will consider the reasons why a parent and child are relocating. For example, if a parent wishes to move to another state simply to get away from the other parent and to prevent the other parent from seeing the child, the court will most likely not grant a change in jurisdiction. On the other hand, if the reason for the move is valid, such as military reassignment, a court will most likely grant a change in jurisdiction.
A court will take all facts into consideration, and any decision on whether the jurisdiction of a child custody matter should be changed will always look to what is in the best interests of the child. A court will not consider simply what a parent wants. If a change in jurisdiction will have a negative impact on the child, a court will likely not agree that there should be a change in jurisdiction. Because child custody matters are crucial to ensuring a child has a solid support system from both parents, it is important to seek legal guidance if you wish for a child custody matter to be governed by another jurisdiction.
Contact the Harshberger Law Firm LLC Today to Schedule Your Consultation
If you have a child custody dispute, wish to modify an existing child custody order or simply have questions about child custody in Pennsylvania, it is important that you act quickly by speaking with an experienced Pennsylvania Child Custody Attorney. When facing any legal matter, time is of the essence to protect your rights as well as the rights of your loved ones. At the Harshberger Law Firm LLC, we handle child custody matters on a regular basis and have the necessary skill, resources, experience, and dedication to help you with your particular legal needs. If you would like to speak with a Pennsylvania Child Custody Attorney about your situation, contact the Harshberger Law Firm LLC today by calling (717) 315-6997 to schedule your consultation. You may also contact us online, and a member of our legal team will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.