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Understanding the needs of children under 5

If you are going through a divorce or separation and you have a child under the age of 5, you may be wondering how the separation and the change in scheduling might affect them. The process of divorce has emotional challenges for parents and children alike. This is why it is important to understand how children react to these changes at different ages.

When a child is under the age of 5, they need to have a sense of consistency in their relationships. This can be more difficult to achieve when the child's parents are separated, but it is still possible to do. They also have a variety of other needs that are important to pay attention to throughout the process of change.

Can I request a DNA test to find out if I'm a grandparent?

If you have a son who believes he may have fathered a child, it can be very overwhelming for you as their parent. You may have become a grandparent, but you do not know for sure. For many people in this position, it is very frustrating because their child may not be taking the appropriate action in order to attempt to establish paternity.

Many people encourage their child to attempt to establish paternity through a DNA test. Potential fathers do have the right to request this by going to the courts if the mother of the child is not compliant. As a potential grandparent, you might wonder if you are able to establish whether you are related to the child through a DNA test.

Domestic abuse does not have to be physical

Much of the time, when people think of domestic abuse, they think of a partner or spouse physically attacking the person that they are supposedly in a romantic relationship with. While this is a type of domestic abuse, it only scratches the surface in regard to the possible ways that domestic abuse can be carried out.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, it is vital that you get the help and support that you have a right to attain in the state of Pennsylvania. Everyone has the right to be in a safe and healthy environment, and no one should have to live in fear of the person they live with.

Understanding equitable distribution law in Pennsylvania

In the United States, the law differs significantly from state to state on the law in regard to the division of marital assets. In Pennsylvania, equitable distribution law is recognized. This means that all property within the marriage is separate. Therefore the assets should be generally divided to in a fair way that recognizes the contribution of each spouse in the marriage.

If you are considering going through a high-asset divorce in Pennsylvania as a high-asset individual, it is very important that you understand how your assets will be divided so that you are prepared for the financial implications for you and your future financial well-being.

Avoiding surprises by knowing what to expect during a divorce

When you and your spouse entered a marriage, you likely did so with every intention of staying together for the rest of your lives. However, your circumstances and preferences can change over time, and you might reach a point in your life where you feel that taking separate directions is the best option.

Since divorce may never be the plan, preparing yourself for the possibility can be challenging. However, the decision to part ways might not be the only unexpected scenario you face, and any additional surprises during your divorce may only add to an already emotional process.

Getting ready for a child support hearing

Before attending a hearing to discuss child support, it is likely that you will feel confused about what type of setup the hearing will have. You may be nervous about what the result of the hearing will be and how you should prepare for it.

It is important that you research as much as you can about the nature of your pending child support hearing so that you can get the best possible result. The following are some tips for preparing for a child support hearing in the state of Pennsylvania.

Abduction is surprisingly common after a child custody dispute

We all think that we know what is best for our children, and we feel this passionately. However, when you are going through a divorce or separation, it can be difficult to reach a compromise on what each parent believes is right for their kids. This can lead to very large arguments and even legal disputes. But a parent must never attempt to take their child away from the care of the other parent.

Child abduction is executed most commonly by a family member, often who has theoretically good intentions. They may believe very strongly that the child would be happier or safer in their care. However, this act is never acceptable and will be dealt with very seriously under the law.

Can I seek custody of my Pennsylvania grandchild?

If you are a grandparent in the state of Pennsylvania, you may be wondering about what your legal rights are in regard to visitation and the right to seek custody. You are one of the child's closest relatives, and you may have reason to believe that it is in the best interests of the child that he or she is in your custody.

When a child custody case is taken to the custody court, a decision is made that is viewed to be in the best interests of the child in question. Usually, it is in the best interests of the child when they are able to be in the custody of someone who they have known and bonded with from a very early age. If you have been heavily involved in the child's life since birth and for one reason or another the biological parents are not able to take care of the child, you may be considered as a possible custodian.

Taking action to ensure the safety of yourself and your children

Being in an abusive relationship can be frightening, traumatic and it can also be difficult to recognize when you are in one. It takes a great deal of courage and determination to leave an abusive relationship, and it also requires that you take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your children safe.

If you feel that you are in danger at any time, you should call the police. When the police are called on allegations of domestic abuse, it is possible that they will give the victim of the abuse an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) that grants immediate legal protection from abuse.

Is mediation right for you?

It is understandable if you felt sad or worried when you realized your marriage was headed for divorce. Like many Pennsylvania parents who have gone through divorce, you may have been most concerned with how your situation would impact your children's lives. Perhaps your main goal is to resolve the issues at hand as swiftly and amicably as possible so that you and your kids can leave the past behind and start adapting to your new lifestyle.  

Perhaps you have heard of the divorce mediation process, which is essentially an alternate form of dispute resolution for those who wish to avoid courtroom litigation. There are many benefits to choosing mediation in divorce; however, there are also numerous issues that would suggest it is not the best option for some people. How do you know whether mediation would work for you? By learning more about the process and applying it to your own circumstances, you may be able to determine if litigation is necessary.  

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