We are delighted to announce that our physical office is re-opening to our existing and new clients. To provide safety to both our clients and staff, we are adapting the CDC guidelines for social distancing while we are in the yellow phase. Rest assured, that we have and will continue to regularly clean all areas of the office especially the high-traffic areas. All attorneys and staff will have their temperature taken daily and will be wearing masks when interacting with clients. Any attorneys and staff with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will work remotely. They will then be required to follow CDCrecommended steps, including not returning to work until the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation are met.

As the health and safety of our clients and their families is our top priority, we are asking that our clients follow the procedures below during the yellow phase:

  1. Upon entering the building, we ask that all persons wash their hands or hand-sanitize. We will be providing access to soap, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
  2. We will also be taking temperatures with non-contact thermometers upon entering the office.
  3. Our office is set-up to comply with social distancing of six feet. In the conference and mediation rooms we are asking that each person sit a minimum of one chair apart from attorneys and/or staff at all times.
  4. Masks are available and will be provided open request.
  5. Teleconferences Zoom meetings, and FaceTime are available in lieu of inperson meetings if requested.
  6. We will continue to have the drop-box available for delivery of documents.

In the event that anyone is sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you reschedule your appointment or utilize the electronic forums listed above.

As each county determines the procedures that will be followed, please ask your attorney of the specific procedures regarding the county in which your case in pending.

Please note that we will also continue to accommodate the needs of new clients, who are welcome, and as always we encourage and appreciate referrals. During this uncertain and unprecedented time, please stay safe and remember that Sweeney Law Office, LLC will remain by your side for all of your family’s legal needs. We ask that you have patience during this challenging time.

Let Our Family Help Your Family
  1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. Family Law & Divorce
  4.  » 
  5. Child Custody
  6.  » Relocation


When a Custodial Parent Wishes to Move Out of State

After a child custody and visitation agreement has been reached and a court order has been signed, a parent who has sole or shared physical custody of a child cannot move out of state without first applying to the court for a modification of the custody order. In other words, parental relocation will almost certainly require a change in the child custody and visitation arrangement.

If a parent moves away — particularly out of state — without written permission from the other parent or a formal order of the court granting parental relocation, that parent may be forced to return. Before you accept a job that requires relocation, contact us to discuss the impact on your parental rights and existing custody agreement.

In Pennsylvania, a relocation hearing (also known as a Gruber hearing) will be necessary to determine whether or not a parent will be permitted to relocate with a minor child in their custody.

There are many factors that can impact the outcome of a parental relocation hearing, including:

  • The child’s relationship with both parents
  • The reason for the parental relocation
  • Any reasons the other parent has to try to prevent the relocation
  • The impact of parental relocation on the child’s well being and quality of life
  • Any hardship the other parent may face in seeking to exercise shared custody and visitation rights after the move

The child custody attorneys at the Sweeney Law Offices represent clients seeking permission to move or to prevent a parental relocation. In emergency situations, we have successfully requested Plowman hearings in order to obtain a temporary order allowing or preventing relocation until the final decision of the courts.

Contact Us Today

To discuss how an experienced lawyer at the Sweeney Law Offices can protect your rights and your child’s best interests in parental relocation situations in western Pennsylvania, contact us today. Our main office is located 20 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. We offer free parking for your convenience. Major credit cards are accepted.