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Child Custody Relocation - Changing the Residence of Your Child (Northwestern Pennsylvania)

Authored By: Northwestern Legal Services
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General Information

Relocation of a Child

Relocation is defined in Pennsylvania Law as a change in the residence of a child which significantly impairs the ability of a non-relocating party to exercise custodial rights.

Relocation of the child shall not occur unless either

  1. every other person with custody rights consents; or
  2. the court approves the proposed relocation.

The party proposing the relocation MUST notify every other individual who has custody rights
to the child(ren).

Notice of a Proposed Relocation must be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, shall be
given no later than:

  1. the 60th day before the date of proposed relocation; or
  2. the 10th day after the date that the individual knows of the relocation, if:
    1. the individual did not know and could not reasonably have known of the relocation in sufficient time to comply with the 60-day notice; and
    2. it is not reasonably possible to delay the date of the relocation so as to comply with the 60-day notice.

Below you can find forms and instructions for your county on how to proceed when you want to relocate your child which you can jump to using the links above..


Crawford County

The following is the Crawford County, Pennsylvania Custody Relocation pro se packet, including Notice of Proposed Relocation, Counter Affidavit Regarding Relocation, Affidavit of Notice of Relocation, Petition to Confirm Relocation, and other required forms. The relocation procedure must be followed if you plan to move with your minor child(ren) and doing so will significantly impair the ability of the non-relocating parent or other person having court ordered custody rights to exercise those rights.


Erie County

The Court of Common Pleas of Erie County proivdes the Relocation Notice and Counter Affidavit Regarding Relocation forms on their website for assistance in filing for relocation. The relocation procedure must be followed if you plan to move with your minor child(ren) and doing so will significantly impair the ability of the non-relocating parent or other person having court ordered custody rights to exercise those rights.


Mercer County

The following is a Mercer County, Pennsylvania Custody Relocation pro se packet, including Notice of Proposed Relocation, Counter Affidavit Regarding Relocation, Affidavit of Notice of Relocation, Petition to Confirm Relocation, and other required forms along with instructions. The relocation procedure must be followed if you plan to move with your minor child(ren) and doing so will significantly impair the ability of the non-relocating parent or other person having court ordered custody rights to exercise those rights.


Venango County

The following is a Venango County, Pennsylvania Custody Relocation pro se packet, including Notice of Proposed Relocation, Counter Affidavit Regarding Relocation, Affidavit of Notice of Relocation, Petition to Confirm Relocation, and other required forms. The relocation procedure must be followed if you plan to move with your minor child(ren) and doing so will significantly impair the ability of the non-relocating parent or other person having court ordered custody rights to exercise those rights.


Other Counties

This document from Philadelphia Lega Assistance can be used to generate a Notice of Relocation which you can use if you have physical custody of a child and you wish to move with the child to another residence, where your move will significantly impair the ability of someone else to exercise his or her custodial rights. This is not available on mobile devices which do not employ Adobe Flash.