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How are visitation rights determined?

Considering the fact that a divorce in and of itself is the result of an unsustainable relationship, it comes as no surprise that many divorces are not clean or easily processed. If a couple were able to work through the challenges and decisions of life, they may not be in the divorce in the first place.

What is physical custody of a child?

During the divorce process, parents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere must take the time to consider what child custody agreement is best for their child. And, while it might meet the best interests of the child, it should be noted that it might not meet the needs and interests of both parents. In some cases, a parent might seek sole custody of their child. This results in that parent having physical custody.

Helping you reach a custody agreement during divorce

They are very few life events that are as emotional and challenging as divorce. This is especially true when a child is involved and the divorcing parents are unable to agree on terms that directly and indirectly impact the children. While it might be difficult to transition from a one household family to a two household family, accepting the changes that are occurring is often the first step. Next, parents must determine the child custody arrangement that will meet the needs of everyone involved and the best interests of the children.

What is a parenting plan in a child custody case?

There are many parents in Pennsylvania who are no longer in a relationship with the other parent of their child. This could be because the parents are now divorced or were never married to the other parent. In either case, just because the parents are not in a relationship does not mean that either one is no longer responsible for raising the child. It may be more difficult for the parents to do, but they must do it.

Helping you obtain a fair child custody order

Parents in Pennsylvania often deal with the normal ups and downs that come with the married life. While some of these disputes are minute and easily resolvable, others are major and impact the overall dynamic of the relationship. In these cases, parents often decide it is best to part ways; however, it can be challenging to determine what is best for the children involved because both parents seek to advocate for the needs of their children.

Understanding child support calculations in Pennsylvania

Parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children until they reach adulthood. If parents are not married at the time their child is born, are recently separated or are divorced, one parent will likely be required to pay support payments, even if he or she does not live with the children. The non-custodial parent generally pays child support.

Understanding child custody in Pennsylvania

There are a number of different child custody issues that can arise from developing the initial parenting plan to the need for modifications as life changes. Parents are encouraged to resolve child custody concerns in an amicable manner and reach a child custody agreement by working together to achieve a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child. When parents are unable to agree, the court will make a child custody determination based on what is in the best interests of the child.

Tips to help parents successfully co-parent after divorce

This blog recently discussed how child custody is determined in Pennsylvania. Child custody and co-parenting is a significant concern for most parents going through the divorce process. While the goal of the family law process related to child custody are what is in the best interests of the child, all parents want to ensure their children are happy, healthy and will have a positive future. Some tips for co-parenting amicably may be helpful to achieve those goals.

Three reasons an experienced advocate is necessary in child custody proceedings

In our last post, we began looking at some of the factors courts consider when making decisions about parenting time in child custody proceedings. In addition to these specific factors, courts are also bound to consider the parties involved when awarding primary physical custody, and whether any presumptions apply.

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