How doI go about relocating away from my child’s father while sharing custody?

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How doI go about relocating away from my child’s father while sharing custody?

I was just offered a much better paying job with far more rewarding benefits and in a better location than where I currently live. It’s 1 1/2 hours away from here and where I would prefer to be living. I have people who care about me there as opposed to here where the only reason I haven’t left is because my son’s father lives here. How do I go about relocating? I know when he finds out he’s going to try to get a court order that I have to stay.

Asked on February 25, 2012 under Family Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

An our and a half is really not that far and this is not a hopeless situation so take a deep breath.  First, I am assuming that you werenever married.  if that is the case and there has not been any formal agreement or court order as to paternity and custody, then you alone are legally the child's guardian.  Now, that does not mean that you should not do this the right away especially if he is a good father an active in your son;s life.  So I might consult with an attorney about it all.  If ther eis an order then you can ask the court to move and propose a reasonable plan for your son to see his dad on a regular basis.  The new job and place to live are to give your son a better life. Courts are understanding of that but do not want to make it hard for a parent to see theirchild.  So propose some plan to make it easy for him to see your son.  Good luck. 


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