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Child Custody Archives

Can I keep my child's parent from being around another person?

There are moms and dads in the Philadelphia area who are living separately, yet still trying their best to raise their children together. This arrangement usually means that they follow a child custody order or agreement, and this agreement ordinarily ensures both parents to get adequate time with their children.

Preparing for a child custody hearing in Philadelphia

For parents who are in the middle of a child custody dispute, it can be an emotional experience. Philadelphians should be aware of the basics of a case as it moves forward. As always, the relationship with children is paramount and protecting them is key. There are certain aspects to bear in mind when preparing for a hearing. It might be necessary to give testimony, provide evidence, call witnesses, and have tests and evaluations conducted to determine what the best interests of the child are and gauge whether the parents are suited to have custody and visitation.

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.

Child custody after the relationship ends

In child custody cases, Pennsylvania courts have long ruled that a child's life may not be placed on hold until a parent shows the capacity to handle parenting responsibilities. Following this logic, a Pennsylvania appeals court terminated the custody rights of a father last month when there was no evidence that the child ever had relationship with father.

How do Pennsylvania courts decide child custody?

Judges or masters in each of Pennsylvania's counties decide child custody issues after holding a hearing. Courts weigh several factors from the people who file for custody, known as the parties, to determine the type of custody that serves the best interest of the child.

Birth certificate may not grant child custody

Although, marriage equality rights have increased in Pennsylvania, same-sex couples seeking parentage of their children still face many obstacles. While the names of both parents may appear on the birth certificate, there is no guarantee that LGBTQ parents possess parental rights. They may later face problems seeking child custody, making medical decisions and other important matters.

Basics of Pennsylvania's child custody

Determining child custody is one of the most significant issues during divorce or the end of a relationship. Pennsylvania courts determine legal custody or the parent who makes decisions governing the child's health care, education and other major matters. Physical custody determines which parent has the child in their care.

Parenting plans help with parenting time and other concerns

Summertime is coming which usually means summer trips and vacations. This can present unique challenges for couples and families going through a divorce or who are already divorced. Vacations and trips out of town highlight the importance of a parenting agreement and the ways in which the family law process can help parents resolve concerns related to parenting time following a divorce or help them develop a parenting plan during a divorce.