Downingtown, PA asked in Child Custody for Pennsylvania

Q: on both a relocation hearing and now one to request changes on custody transportation, I keep get the same result

me doing 100% of the driving. My lawyer said that's how it is because I'm the one that moved. Is that right or she just not doing her job?

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Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Norristown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: There is no hard-and-fast rule in custody cases about *anything*. It all depends on the best-interests-of-the-child standard, and that necessarily varies from case to case. Having said that, certain counties -- and even certain judges within a particular county -- may often do things in a mostly-predictable way. Good local counsel will often be familiar with these unwritten "local" outcomes.

For instance, as perhaps in your case, you might have a judge that typically rules that a parent that moves further away is responsible for the additional transportation required. Is that black-letter law? No. Is that the particular judge's way of handling this issue? Perhaps. Judges have a lot of leeway in deciding these sorts of issues, so knowing the particular judge's stances on specific issues helps a lot.

Best of luck to you.

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