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November 2014 Archives

The importance of fighting for your grandparents' rights

In every state, Pennsylvania included, grandparents sometimes become replacement parents for their grandchildren when their own children can no longer act as parents. This often happens when their children are in the middle of divorce or are in difficult situations with domestic violence, serious illness or alcohol or drug problems. If the grandchildren's parents decide to divorce, this changes who has custody of the children. In many cases, grandparents are barred from seeing their grandchildren. When this happens, grandparents can seek to have their visitation rights upheld, especially if they have provided care for their grandchildren on a regular basis.

The importance of keeping child-custody issues private

Any Pennsylvania resident who has experienced divorce firsthand, knows that determining what happens to minor children is one of the most difficult issues to deal with. As emotions run high, divorcing parties often unleash their frustrations not only in private but also on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Although it is understandable that a parent in distress wants to share his or her thoughts about child custody negotiations, doing so on a social media site is likely to have unintended consequences.

How is child support enforced in Pennsylvania?

State and federal laws require parents to financially support their children. In the event of a divorce or separation, or in cases where the child is being raised by a guardian, child support issues can become an important topic. Without financial support, the parent or guardian who raises the child may need the government’s assistance. Because this costs the taxpayers’ money, the government has created child support enforcement measures to ensure that the supporting parent will contribute to his or her child(ren)'s care accordingly.

We can help you determine your Philadelphia child-custody options

The custody of Philadelphia minor children is a sensitive topic that often arises in divorce and in cases where the parents were never married. Who will have custody and what visitation rights will be granted to the other parent are determined during the divorce process. The prevailing principle in any child-custody decision made by a court is for the child's best interests and future. Because emotions often run high during child-custody discussions, we often advise our clients to remain calm and focus on the outcome -- how the custody arrangement will affect the child's future and the parent's relationship to his or her child.