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June 2013 Archives

Former Philadelphia basketball star owes $40,000 in child support

Even after divorce, Pennsylvania's parents are still responsible for their children's well-being. This responsibility includes providing for the children's needs and necessities. Because of this, the law requires non-custodial parents to provide a share of their income for child support.

Finding happiness in the middle of divorce

Philadelphia residents are aware that marriages can come to an end for various reasons. Some marriages just cannot work. Some couples split up because of violence in the home, others because of abandonment or infidelity. Though divorce may be in the best interest of everyone, the process is commonly laced with disputes, bitterness and pain. In fact, people tend to trap themselves in divorce battles with their soon-to-be former spouses as they tackle seemingly endless legal issues.

Reduced funding in programs may hurt domestic violence victims

Abuse against women has infested the city of Philadelphia for a very long time. In fact, 108,252 domestic violence cases were reported to the police in 2012. This growing number of domestic violence cases could endanger the lives of Philadelphia women as 24 domestic violence homicides were also reported in 2012. Spousal abuse, or domestic violence, comes in several forms such as stalking, emotional distress and physical and sexual abuse. According to experts, these acts are somewhat related to homelessness, poverty and job instability.

Fathers play important role after child custody settled

For decades, mothers have usually been granted custody of their children in the resolution of divorce cases. The role of fathers was typically overlooked in family courts because they were assumed to be less fit than the mothers in raising children. As time has gone by, though, fathers have become larger parts of their children's lives. Now Philadelphia fathers can seek shared parenting as part of a child-custody settlement that looks after the best interests of their children.