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Court changes shared custody standard

Custody disputes are often difficult and complicated. Until recently, Pennsylvania family courts reviewed only four standards when making shared child custody decisions. Recently, however, a state appeals court changed the factors that local courts must consider when they rule on custody decisions.

Helping you resolve child custody issues

For most parents, their focus is on their children. The many decisions made on a yearly, monthly, weekly and daily basis are likely for them and their best interests. Thus, when a marriage comes to an end, divorcing parents will base their decisions on their child and children. However, the wishes of each parent along with the needs of the child can often clash. One parent may seek to remain in the family home while the other desires to live closer to their work. This can present some logistical issues, especially if one parent seeks primary custody or there is a greater distance between parents.

Should parents get equal time in a joint physical custody plan?

When divorce occurs within a Pennsylvania family it can be hard for the parents to figure out how to split their children's time between their different households. While in some cases they may eventually come to an arrangement that serves both their expectations and their children's needs, in other cases they may need the help of the courts to settle their differences. When parents share physical custody of their kids and cannot find common ground regarding the split, courts will assess how to serve the best interests of the children in their divided custodial plans.

Should I fight for legal custody of my child?

Transitioning from a marriage with children to life after a divorce can be very hard on a Pennsylvanian parent. Especially when that parent is accustomed to undertaking many of the day-to-day responsibilities that parents perform with regard to their kids may they struggle with not having their children in their homes each day of their lives. Often when parents undergo divorces they have to split up their children's lives so that each parent may have some custodial control over the kids' physical bodies.

What are the different types of child custody?

Knowing what custody arrangements may be available can be important to parents facing child custody concerns. Parents may wonder what different types of child custody there are. There are two general types of child custody that parents must resolve when reaching a child custody agreement. The two categories are physical custody and legal custody and who will have physical custody of the child and who will have legal custody of the child.

What is considered in the best interests of the child?

What is in the best interests of the child is used to make all child custody decisions, however, parents may wonder what is considered in the best interests of the child and how that is arrived at. If parents are negotiating a child custody agreement, or the family law court is deciding on one when parents are unable to agree, the focus is always to develop a child custody agreement that is in the best interests of the child. It is helpful to understand what that refers to.

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