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Bill would address custody violations

Violations of child visitation orders usually require litigation and often have insignificant consequences. A bill pending in the Pennsylvania legislature, however, would help provide relief for parents who lose time with their children when the other parent violated a child custody order.

Overcoming custody issues with a difficult parent

Courts have overcome misconceptions about awarding custody after divorce and are seeking to make decisions based on providing joint custody or equal access, where possible, and not basing rulings on the parent's gender. However, a resentful former spouse can complicate formulating a child custody plan.

Custody make-up bill introduced

Failure to follow a court order can lead to a custody dispute and legal wrangling despite improvements in Pennsylvania's laws. A bill was recently introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that provides another legal remedy when a parent does not comply with a child custody order.

Increasing child custody odds

Judges in Pennsylvania and other states are not allowed to discriminate against fathers when awarding custody of their children and base their decision on the best interests of the child. However, there are concerns that judges rely on rapidly-outdated presumptions while deciding child custody issues. There are several ways to increase the odds of obtaining custody for fathers or either parent, for that matter.

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