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July 2015 Archives

Child support trial involving Halle Berry begins

A divorce is often traumatic for children. The parents may be anxious to live separately but the children often feel differently. Therefore, with the best interest of the child in mind, U.S. courts, including those in Pennsylvania, typically award child custody to one parent and order the non-custodial parent to pay child support. That applies to celebrities as well.

Child custody bill favoring rape survivors gets the nod

Child custody and child support can be contentious issues following a divorce. Under normal circumstances, parents come to an agreement about child custody. One parent takes over child custody while the other pays child support. In the state of Pennsylvania and throughout the United States, child support is mandatory.

Protecting victims of domestic violence in Philadelphia

Any resident of Philadelphia or anywhere else in the United States can be a target of domestic violence. There are times when a person can assume control over another person and if the situation remains unresolved, it can destroy everything. One of the most common forms of domestic violence is spousal abuse and, very often, the target of the spousal abuse chooses to remain silent.

How to file for child custody modification in Pennsylvania

Many Philadelphia residents would agree that divorce is hard on the children. While parents can look forward to a better future ahead, children may develop feelings of insecurity. Therefore, in the best interest of the child, courts in the country, including Philadelphia, traditionally give child custody to one parent, while the other pays for child support. However, child custody can be modified.

Pennsylvania's visitation rights for grandparents

Some grandparents in Pennsylvania may be compelled to assume the role of parent when a child lacks proper parental care, or the grandparent believes a parent has been abusing a grandchild. If a parent suffers from mental illness or has a problem with substance abuse, a grandparent may have a new role to play. Pennsylvania family court, in the best interest of the child, may ask the grandparent to assume custody rights for a grandchild.