COVID-19 and Travel Concerns in Custody Cases


COVID-19 and Travel Concerns in Custody Cases

In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, what happens if a parent wants to travel with a child despite warnings not to do so? If your child’s other parent wishes to travel with your child, and you object due to concerns about the virus, what are your options?

Our starting point is the effective custody order. If the order has provisions regarding vacations and travel, those terms should control. If there are notice requirements that were not met or if there is a prohibition against international travel, then step one is to make the other party aware of the violation of the order and to attempt to resolve the matter.

If this is not successful, it may be necessary to file an emergency petition with the court. Courthouses are closed to the public in light of the pandemic at this time; however, each county has rules in place regarding emergency petitions. If you are in a position where you cannot resolve a travel concern during this unsettling time, our team at LaMonaca Law can assist.

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About Alicia Fastman

Alicia Fastman graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, then went on to complete her Juris Doctorate at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE. Alicia graduated from law school with pro bono distinction, completed a Certificate in Criminal Law, and focused her intensive studies within the fields of litigation and trial advocacy. Alicia joined LaMonaca Law in April of 2011 and is a Partner at the firm. She was selected as a Top Lawyer in Main Line Magazine in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019 in the areas of Family Law and Divorce and has been named as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Adoption and Trial in the Delaware County Daily Times. Alicia is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Delaware County Bar Associations. Alicia resides in Delaware County with her dog, Leonard. In her time outside of the courtroom or office, she enjoys creating art, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.