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Considering children's best interests in PA child custody battles


Anywhere in the country, including Pennsylvania, the legal process of divorce can move quickly, if a couple has little in property or assets or if no children are involved. The presence of minor children, though, means the parents will need to discuss child custody and visitation rights, both which can prolong the divorce process. Unfortunately, this too often means both parents arguing over who will make the better custodial parent, and who will only get weekends with the kids. Before engaging in such pitched battle in which children become pawns, parents should consider the following when it comes to making sound decisions about their children's custody arrangements.

Man victimized by false domestic assault charges by ex-girlfriend

Like citizens in most states, Pennsylvanians consider conflict in a personal relationship to be a sensitive topic. When talking about domestic violence, however, they usually think of two people in an intimate relationship that has become physically violent, with one person becoming the abuser and the other the victim. Abuse, however, can also be emotional. Victims are often threatened by their abusers, a pattern that often only ends when the victim decides to report the abuse. An abuse charge is often taken so seriously that a false accusation can create severe problems for the accused.

How ex-spouses can make joint custody work for everyone


The end of a marriage is typically difficult for everyone: spouses, children, relatives and friends. Many Pennsylvanians know firsthand how a divorce can disrupt family dynamics because no one knows what the future holds. One parent could end up only seeing children on weekends, while the other parent has custody of the children during the week. A recent trend, however, has been for parents to seek joint custody arrangements, enabling both of them to spend more time with their children.

Ex-Oasis singer and former girlfriend battle over child support


Children need all the support they can get from their parents, whether or not the parents live together. When parents divorce, when a child is born to unmarried parents or when parents simply decide to separate, meeting a child's financial needs is naturally one of the first issues that a court will consider. In Pennsylvania, many parents deal with child support issues every day, including whether existing child support agreements can or should be increased or decreased.

Police arrest Hope Solo on domestic violence charge


Domestic violence can be in the form of physical, emotional, verbal or economic abuse. The people who are involved in domestic violence incidents are often married couples, same-sex couples, family members and others who are involved in an intimate relationship. Here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, people should understand that when someone hurts a family member or the abuser's partner, that person may have to face a domestic violence charge.

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