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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 However, there are concerns that judges rely on rapidly-outdated presumptions while deciding child custody issues.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.

Same-sex partner restricted from custody

Courts have been facing new issues after legal rights were granted to same-sex couples. In a unique case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled that a woman was not the legal parent of her same-sex partner's biological son. The court denied her request for partial child custody.

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.

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