i have been trying to get my son back for over a year now and getting no closer then i was when i started i live in washington and my son lives in pennsylvania is there anything that i can do from out here
Depending on the circumstances, you will likely need to retain an attorney in Pennsylvania to proceed with a child custody proceeding. However, without further information, no one will be able to assist you. Contact an attorney in your area first to review the situation. Most attorneys offer free consultations to new potential clients.
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I agree with my colleague in that you will likely need to hire an attorney in Pennsylvania to help you sort this custody matter out. Most states obtain jurisdiction to decide custody disputes once a child has lived in a particular state for six months; so, if your son has been in Pennsylvania for over six months, the custody matter will likely need to be resolved there. You should definitely consult with a Pennsylvania attorney. My office has clients all over the U.S. right now and in this day and age of technology and individuals working/or living out of state, we are able to still represent clients just as well as if the clients were in the same town as us so you should be able to find a Pennsylvania attorney that work with you from a distance as well.
You will probably need to retain an attorney in Pennsylvania. In the meantime, you can consult with a WA attorney who is familiar with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. See my AVVO Legal Guides on the UCCJEA for more information about the legal issues raised by your inquiry. Please keep in mind that although my AVVO Answers and Legal Guides are often informative, they are no substitute for legal advice from an attorney you have retained for consultation or representation. There are always exceptions to the general rules. To find my Legal Guides, click on my photo. On my AVVO home page click on "Contributor Level - View Contributions" or scroll down further and click on "Contribution - Legal Guides." Scroll down the list of my Legal Guides and select the topics relevant to your question. If you like my Answer and Legal Guides, please make sure you mark them as “helpful” or “best answer”. © Bruce Clement
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If no court order has been entered in Wa. state, yo will have to address the issue in PA.
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