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Alternative to Court in Child Custody Cases

Decisions in Pennsylvania's child custody cases are based on the best interests of a child after an impartial review of the evidence. If the court is involved, a court appointed child psychologist meets with the parties, the children, and anyone living in their household in order to complete a custody evaluation that may be used in a court proceeding or custody trial.  This process can be time consuming and costly.  Many parents are attempting to reach agreements instead of going to court. 

What is collaborative law divorce and what are its benefits?

When a Pennsylvania couple is considering divorce, it is likely that they have many important questions and concerns. One question they may have is if there are options available that might make their divorce less acrimonious, costly and time consuming. One option that might help is a collaborative law divorce. The collaborative law divorce process is an out-of-court divorce option for couples to consider.

How are child custody decisions made in Pennsylvania?

For couples who are divorcing, child custody may be on the top of their list of concerns. Most couples will want to know what to expect from the child custody process and what it will mean for them and for their children. Because child custody can be an emotionally challenging aspect of any divorce, it is helpful to know how the family law process works and how child custody is determined in Pennsylvania.

What if a parent needs to relocate after a child custody order?

Things change for people in Pennsylvania over the course of their lives. When new circumstances arise, they may need to make certain changes in their lives involving their children. Sometimes it means that the person needs to find a new job or move closer to a sick loved one, which requires that the person move their residence. This may not be that big of an issue when the person is single, but it can become a much bigger issue if the person has children.

Shared custody can be healthy custody arrangement for your child

Checking in on the health and well-being of your child is a daily, if not an hourly, activity of a good parent. So when parents decide it's time for their marriage to end and for parents to lead separate lives while still parenting their child, what is the best option? That question isn't easily answered as it varies from family to family. However, a shared custody arrangement can be a great option for families who are looking to equally (or fairly equally) care for their child from separate households.

What is the difference between legal and physical custody?

It can be hard for divorcing parents, or separated parents, to think about losing any time with their child. Sometimes, going through the child custody process can feel that way as it is a division of time that a child spends with one parent. However, it is usually in a child's best interest to spend time with both parents. Therefore, separated parents often must co-parent from separate households.

A look at vaccination decisions in divorce

There is no question that parenting from separate households can be challenging. When it comes to decisions on big decisions like education, health and religion, parents do not always agree on the best way to approach each individual issue. One hopes that the two parents will agree in how to best help their child on these issues.

What are the benefits of a joint custody arrangement?

There are many different types of families in today's world. Some children live with their grandparents, some have one parent at home and others are raised by brothers and sisters. For those thinking of separating, it is likely a concern how the change in the living situation may affect the child. Many parents successfully co-parent from separate households with a joint custody child custody arrangement.

Help for PA parents with opioid addiction, custody possible

Co-parenting is common among single parents or those who share joint-custody after a divorce. As many may already be aware, opioid addiction is a real problem in Pennsylvania and across the country. Drug addiction can steal everything from a person, including custody of their child. State agencies have and will continue to step in to ensure that opioid addiction does not tear apart anymore families.

Do grandparents have visitation rights in Pennsylvania?

Many grandparents develop special bonds with their grandchildren. When their parents go through a divorce, it can be difficult for grandparents to know what rights they have in order to see their grandchildren again. There can be shared custody between the parents, sole custody or other arrangements. Grandparents may be unaware that they might have rights for visitation and it is often in the best interest of a child to regularly see their grandparents.

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