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March 2017 Archives

Legal help is key with child support in Philadelphia

When a Philadelphia couple is no longer involved in a relationship with one another but there are children involved, it is imperative that child support be dealt with in an upfront and evenhanded manner. This is true whether the parents were married and chose to divorce or the child resulted from an unmarried relationship. Regardless of the circumstances, the child's welfare is of paramount importance. When determining who will pay child support and how much, legal help is key. It is also vital with other child support issues that frequently arise.

Options to appeal a Philadelphia County child custody order

When a decision is made by a master or a judge in a child custody dispute in Philadelphia County and one of the parents or other people seeking custody is unhappy with it, there are steps to take to appeal it. The best interests of the child are paramount and it is not unusual for one or even both parents, or other prospective custodians, to disagree with an order. This is why it is important to understand the options to try to have the order changed. The order must be read through entirely to make certain that deadlines are not missed to file an appeal.

Research shows rising rate of divorce for those who are 50-plus

Divorce is a difficult process for people of any age in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania, but certain age groups might have a greater amount of struggle to get through it than others. One age group that could experience a wide range of emotions and have trouble adapting is those 50 and older. Statistics are showing that people in this age range are moving forward with the end of a marriage twice as frequently as they did during the 1990s.

What is the criteria for grandparents' rights to child custody?

It is not uncommon for Philadelphia grandparents to seek custody rights to their grandchildren. They will have a variety of reasons for doing this including maintaining a strong relationship with grandchildren, serving the best interest of the child, focusing on the child's needs, and more. It is important that the grandparents and others involved in a disagreement about custody to know what the law says about when a grandparent can seek legal or physical custody.