Know the Laws: Pennsylvania
UPDATED October 26, 2016
If you are planning to move to Pennsylvania or are going to be in Pennsylvania for any reason, your out-of-state protection order may be enforceable.
Yes. Your protection order can be enforced in Pennsylvania as long as:
No. Only the state that issued your protection order can change, extend, or cancel the order. You cannot have this done by a court in Pennsylvania.
To have your order changed, extended, or canceled, you will have to file a motion or petition in the court where the order was issued. You may be able to request that you attend the court hearing by telephone rather than in person, so that you do not need to return to the state where the abuser is living. To find out more information about how to modify an out-of-state restraining order, see the Restraining Orders page for the state where your order was issued.
If your order does expire while you are living in Pennsylvania, you may be able to get a new one issued in Pennsylvania but this may be difficult to do if no new incidents of abuse have occurred in Pennsylvania. To find out more information on how to get a protective order in Pennsylvania, visit our Protection from Abuse Orders (PFA) page.
Yes. As long as the child custody provision complies with certain federal laws,* Pennsylvania can enforce a temporary custody order that is a part of a protection order.
To have someone read over your order and tell you if it meets these standards, contact a lawyer in your area. To find a lawyer in your area click here PA Finding a Lawyer.
* The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) or the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act of 1980.