Child Custody | Pennsylvania Family Law Blog - The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz
Coming to terms on a custody plan and sticking to an agreement requires a lot of planning, commitment, and compromise. But the stresses of a divorce can easily weigh on these agreements and bar parents from resolving disputes cordially. In order to avoid having parents take every matter to court, Pennsylvania utilizes parenting coordinators to process high-conflict cases.
While Pennsylvania is still in the early phases of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, the debate rages on regarding vaccines. Despite significant scientific evidence that shows that vaccines have few side effects and the benefits far outweigh the risks, many people still refuse to get vaccinated and even prevent their children from receiving this life-saving immunization. This debate can be handled in private between parents, but after a divorce, it may impact a custody battle.
As public views of marijuana shift across the United States, over the past decade several states have voted to decriminalize marijuana, legalize it for medicinal purposes, or allow recreational use. Here in Pennsylvania, since 2016, doctors have been able to prescribe medical marijuana cards to patients to allow them to purchase small amounts to help with chronic pain and other conditions, but anyone can still be charged with criminal penalties for possession or use. This blend of legalization and criminalization can complicate matters, especially when it comes to a family law dispute, especially involving child custody and visitation.
For many of us, gift-giving is our love language. It is how we show appreciation for coworkers, how we show affection to our partners, and how we reward our children. However, gift-giving is not always innocent. We have all known someone who lords a gift over someone else or expects something in exchange. This behavior can be especially troubling after a divorce as a seemingly affectionate gift to a child may come under scrutiny.
As Pennsylvania counties have reached the green phases of reopening, serious discussions are being had about students returning to school and how to move forward. Some have chosen to implement hybrid models or maintain the virtual learning programs from the Spring semester, while others have reopened fully with new heatlh standards. For divorced parents, this may mean returning to a pre-COVID custody plan and normal schedule. However, what if one parent disagrees with a child returning to school? What if one does not want the plan to go back to normal?
Pennsylvania, like many other states, has enacted a Stay at Home Order for Montgomery County residents to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which includes closing business and government institutions and advising residents to remain at home. While this order is necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every resident, including the elderly, children, and the immunocompromised, it has resulted in serious financial difficulties for Pennsylvania residents.
After a divorce or separation, it is a terrible feeling to be aware that the other parent is turning your child against you. You may dismiss it as the growing pains of child custody, but it can quickly damage your relationship with your child. If you believe you have been a victim of parental alienation, the court may choose to reverse custody, but there are also steps you can take to repair the relationship without getting the court involved.
What you post on social media can be used as evidence in a child custody case. Information, even those considered private, that are culled from your profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, your dating profiles, and blogs can color your image as a responsible parent in a child custody case. This kind of evidence can be persuasive – and very damaging. That’s why we tell all of our clients to stay off social media as soon as we sign their case.
Under Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law, child abuse consists of intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly performing acts that result in the harm of a child, including:
When a marriage or long-term relationship comes to an end, how child custody is determined can be a great source of stress. Not only will it affect how often you get to spend time with your children, but it can have an impact on the relationship you are able to cultivate with your children for years to come. Read the rest »