Bullying has always been an issue among children, but it seems to be more prevalent nowadays and causing tragic outcomes for the victims. For a long time, society accepted aggressive behaviors in children as a way of life instead of taking a closer look into the child’s home life. But that has changed, especially in the family courts. Read the rest »
Divorcing parents of young children may not instinctively put their children’s interests first. They are focused on maintaining their involvement in their kids’ lives, trying to make things as “normal” as possible, all the while not yielding any ground in the battle for influence in their children’s lives. This may quickly descend into a toxic situation. Read the rest »
As summer winds down, kids everywhere start to dread the thought of losing their seasonal freedom. Staying up late, vacationing, and beach days will soon be replaced with the mundane life of going to school every day. Parents, on the other hand, are ecstatic to send their kids off and return to a normal routine.
However, if you are recently divorced or have a new child custody agreement in place, the thought of your children going back to school may add dread if your current agreement doesn’t cover the school schedule. Read the rest »
The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is true for many people, especially those who are single parents. Often times, grandparents have to step in and raise their grandchildren as if they were their own. Parents sometimes go through difficult situations, and they need to rely on others to look out for their children while they seek help or get financially stable.
As an extended family member, you love those children like they are your own, but what happens when the parent assumes his full role again? Can she just take the child away from you? Read the rest »
For many years, sperm banks have been a good option for single women, lesbian couples, and couples facing fertility issues to pursue their hopes of having a child. You would think it would be a win-win situation for all parties involved; the couple gets the child they’ve always wanted, and the man donating the sperm gets compensation. Read the rest »
Ending a relationship is always a tough thing to get through, but it can be harder when you have children with that person. While other couples get the luxury of never speaking to each other again, that can’t be the case when a child is involved.
Although co-parenting is an ideal situation, it doesn’t work for everyone. If there is a lot of conflict between the two parents, parallel parenting might be the best option. (If domestic abuse is the reason, the court would have to determine whether it’s safe for the child to be around that parent before any parenting plan can be put in place.) Read the rest »
Child custody battles are hard to get through, especially when parents cannot get along. But parents must put their feelings to the side and do what’s in the best interest of the child. They might as well.
Pennsylvania’s family court judges will stick to this rule whenever they are faced with a custody decision. They do not show favoritism, or automatically side with the mother as most people believe. However, there are times when the “best interest of the child” is to NOT give custody to either parent, but to a legal guardian or a responsible family member. Read the rest »
When you and your spouse have decided to separate, there will be many different matters to discuss and many decisions to be made, such as possession of the marital home, car, spousal support, and child custody. These issues may take months to resolve before the separation can be made legal. If children are involved in the separation, a temporary custody order is designed to address this matter to ensure that they are not adversely affected by the changes in their family situation.
Planning a vacation with your family is an exciting time. Everyone looks forward to getting out of town, particularly if you’ve decided to travel overseas. It can also be a great learning experience for your children. But if you have a divorced family situation, you may have certain stipulations within your custody agreement regarding guidelines you must follow before you take your children on a trip.
The holidays are meant to be a time when families come together. Unfortunately, if are going through a divorce and/or share joint custody of your children with an ex, then the holidays can be depressing, stressful, confusing, and, in the worst cases, combative.
Even under the best circumstances, going through a divorce is extremely difficult. That is particularly true when children are involved. Parents often find that while they have mutually agreed on many aspects of their split, when it comes to the particulars, such as who gets custody of the children for which holiday, their dispute can become quite contentious.
No one wants to be away from their children during family holidays. And while the biggest holidays, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, will get the most attention, custody rights for even smaller holidays, such as Halloween or Memorial Day, will create a lot of strife.