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Grandparents are important in a child's life

There are times when parents might not see eye-to-eye with their own parents. This can bring up a difficult situation for the grandchildren because their parents might keep them away from their grandparents. This is often an unfortunate situation because studies have shown just how important the grandparent-grandchild relationship is.

Grandparents are often big supporters of their grandkids. Children look to their grandparents for love and knowledge. When a strong relationship is built, the younger generation often views the grandparents as surrogate parents who can help them learn about their heritage and family. They see these elders as permanent fixtures in their lives.

When do grandparents have a right to custody or visitation?

Extended family members can play critical roles in the lives of children. In some Pennsylvania families, grandparents are especially close with their grandkids, and the divorce or separation of the parents can affect the relationship they have with the younger members of the family. For various reasons, grandparents may feel like they should seek visitation or custody. 

The issue of grandparents' rights is complex. When grandparents feel they must take legal action to secure time or custody of their grandkids, they may be unsure of what they should do to accomplish this goal or what courts consider when they are hearing these types of cases. If you are a grandparent and you believe it is necessary to fight for custody or visitation, it may help to learn more about what courts look at before you move forward.

Understand the terms in your child support order

One of the difficult aspects of divorce is settling any factors related to the children. In many cases, this means determining the parenting time schedule that will be followed. This can also impact the child support that is ordered in a case. Thus, financial support is often a hot topic in the divorce. We know that this is a complex issue to have to think about.

Both sides of a case need to remember that child support is something that both parents paid during the marriage. Both of them paid for the child's housing, food, utilities, schooling, clothing, and other expenses. The only difference now is that one parent will give the other the money directly. The person who receives the payments isn't actually taking the money for themselves. They are receiving it on behalf of the children.

It takes a conscious effort to negotiate parenting plans

Your child custody case doesn't have to be a battle from start to finish if your ex decides that you will work as a team for the sake of your children. Being able to do this can benefit the children because they learn what it means to be a productive adult even in the face of challenges. It also sets a good precedent for the remainder of your parenting relationship. This provides more stability for the kids.

As you start to make decisions about the parenting plan, you should be willing to consider any option that is put on the table. You and your ex might not parent exactly the same, but there is a good chance that they are thinking about the best interests of the children and might just have a different thought on what that means.

Property division is challenging in high asset cases

Coming to the terms of a property division agreement can be a serious challenge. When you have considerable assets, you have to think about how each proposition might impact your finances right away and into the future. One category of assets that might have a big impact on this is the retirement accounts. You can't look at this according to the balance on these now, but you have to look at their worth down the road.

We know that this might seem like a lot to have to deal with. Fortunately, we are familiar with high-asset divorces and can work with you to help you learn about what options you have and how they might affect you. We want you to look at what you can do with your own income since you can't rely on the marital income any longer.

A child's attachment to parents is important in child custody

One factor that must be included in determinations about child custody of young children is how the parenting model will impact the child's attachment to their parents. From a very young age, even within the first year of life, children form strong bonds with the adults who care for them. They need to be able to build on those relationships with their parents as they grow up; however, this can be a challenge with divorce.

While the attachment they have is understandable, it can make some situations difficult. Oftentimes, they turn to one parent when they feel anxious or upset. This can make it difficult for the other parent to comfort the child during and after the divorce. Finding ways to help the children can sometimes take creative thinking.

Flexible parenting time schedules work for those in some careers

The child custody aspect of divorce is often one of the most challenging that you will have to work out when your marriage ends. You know that you need to do what is best for your children, but that has to be balanced with what you are able to do. This can take some creative custody solutions to address common issues.

One complexity of these cases is working out the parenting time schedule. You need to have one to follow for most of the year. You also need one for holidays and another for the summer.

Should I keep the family home after divorce?

Buying the perfect family home is not always easy, but most couples in Pennsylvania find that it is a worthwhile venture. From decorating it perfectly to filling the space with family memories, family homes hold a special place in people's hearts. However, divorce can disrupt your future plans for you dream home. Deciding what to do with the family home after divorce is not easy, especially if you hope to keep it during property division.

You should understand the financial implications of all your options before making any decision. This requires more up-front work than most people realize. You will need to look into a number of financial factors, such as home equity, upkeep and taxes. Taking these important steps will help you understand whether you can afford to maintain ownership of the family home.

Leaving an abusive home is sometimes a complex undertaking

Domestic violence is a topic that is still often not discussed. The victims might feel ashamed of what's going on, but this can put them in a dangerous spot. When you are being abused at home, you might feel as though you are alone. You may not think that you have any options to get out of the situation. These thoughts can make it much more difficult for you to get out safely.

When you are in a home with a violent person, your life might be at risk. If it is possible, you should make a plan to leave. If you are in immediate danger, you should just leave as quickly as possible.

Travel costs are a factor with long-distance parenting plans

Long-distance parenting situations provide some challenges for both parents. It is imperative that you and your ex work together so that your children can have the love and support they need to thrive. One consideration to think about when you know that distance is going to be a factor in the situation is the expense of getting the child from one home to the other.

Right from the start, a formula has to be determined to cover the travel costs. For example, each parent might pay half the cost of all travel. Another option is for each parent to pay for the travel to their own home. Be sure to be realistic about what expenses this will entail. For example, flying might include a shuttle to and from the airport, snacks for during the flight and any related expenses that might come up.

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