Can a parent move with the child without written notification?

On Behalf of | May 16, 2024 | Family Law

Divorce can lead to significant changes in a family’s dynamics. Certain legal obligations typically still bind parents, especially concerning their children.

One question that often arises is whether a parent can move with their child without informing the other parent through written notification.

Notification requirements

When it comes to relocation, Pennsylvania law requires the relocating parent to provide notice to the other parent. This notice should be in writing at least 60 days before the proposed relocation. The notice should include essential details such as the new address and contact information.

The law does not specify the exact format for the written notification. Traditional methods such as certified mail or hand-delivered letters are common. However, modern forms of communication such as email or text messages may also suffice, provided they meet certain criteria.

The key consideration is ensuring that the notification is clear, explicit and includes all necessary information, such as the proposed relocation date, new address and contact details. The method of communication should allow for documentation and proof of delivery.

Failure to provide notification

Moving with a child without providing the required notice can have serious legal consequences. The parent who is not moving may file a petition with the court to enforce their custody rights. The court may intervene to ensure that the relocating parent complies with the notification requirements and may even modify the custody order accordingly.

Impact on custody arrangements

Moving without proper notification can disrupt custody arrangements and strain the relationship between the child and the non-relocating parent. It can also create confusion and uncertainty for the child.

It is necessary for both parents to understand their rights and responsibilities to ensure that they keep the best interests of the child in mind.