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There are many questions I have regarding your fact pattern. If any of my assumptions are inaccurate please advise so I can let you know if it changes any of my advice. I am assuming that you had a temporary custody order when you moved to Ohio, but I'm unsure as to what state that was or was not enter in. Custody jurisdiction is determined based on where the children have resided for the last 6 months. However, since children haven't been in Pennsylvania for more than 6 months or Ohio for 6 months it sounds like there are far more contacts in Ohio than in Pennsylvania.
I would recommend starting a custody action in your home county in Ohio as that is the place where they attended school, doctors, friends, neighbors, excetera. I would then recommend filing an emergency motion to transfer the action from Lancaster back to the matter you have initiated in Ohio. The procedure is then supposed to be that the respective judges assigned to each case speak and resolve the issue of jurisdiction. You will testify in the emergency hearing in Lancaster that there was no emergency on Dad's part as there is no danger to the children which is confirmed by CYS' investigation. It is critical that you initiate action in Ohio as that gives a place for the judge in Pennsylvania to send the case to for a resolution. Ideally you will need an attorney in Ohio and an attorney in Lancaster PA. If you can only afford one I would select the attorney in Lancaster PA as you can handle the stuff in Ohio on your own if absolutely needed. It sounds like husband has a very weak custody case which is why the the battle and issue is for location to be tried rather than merits of the case. Unfortunately, you must think of this like a war in selecting your battle ground is a huge part of the ultimate outcome of the battle . Whoever wins the jurisdictional question will likely win the overall case. This is unfortunately a complex question and this text and an answer format is not the fastest way to do this. If you have additional questions I'm willing to have a phone consult with you for an additional fee. I will send you a phone offer proposal if you have interest.