Relocation, in the context of a family law matter, is a tough thing. Relocation can mean anything from crossing county lines to state lines to international exchanges. Who can say if a move is going to improve a child's life to the extent that it somehow overrides the relationship that child has with the other parent? The toughest cases of all are those involving two parents with equal shared custody, and the move is going to mean that one parent may be relegated to summer vacations and school breaks.
Relocation cases can be among the most difficult and heart-wrenching for clients, attorneys and judges. In Pennsylvania, the Custody statute has recently changed and the relocation rules and procedures are much more stringent. There are forms, affidavits and notices which must be filed and responded to within designated time periods and if they are not, many times the litigant is out of luck.