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Model positive behavior for your children during divorce

Encouraging your children throughout your divorce can help them to learn coping skills when they face difficult changes. You must think about your child's unique needs so you can determine how to assist them best. Their age and maturity level might also have an impact on this.

Flexibility in child custody plans often benefit children

When you and your spouse divorce, you will have to make some difficult decisions -- such as who gets the children for specific holidays and what type of parenting plan you can agree upon. Trying to work through the terms of the agreement can become challenging when you and your spouse don't agree on all the points.

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.

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.

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.

Tips for working through disagreements regarding parenting

Many parents feel strongly about the way they handle parenting matters. When you and your ex don't agree about how these matters should be handled, things can get difficult. From the start of the co-parenting relationship, negotiating is going to be a necessary tool for handling disagreements.

Parenting plan terms have to put the children first

Child custody matters can be rather difficult to work through. Both parents might be standing firm over the issues related to the kids. This is a hard spot to be in because it makes it hard to work as a team for the children. We know that you only want what is best for your children, and we are here to help you work through it all.

Kids can't be treated as miniature adults during divorce

One of the most primal instincts for parents is to protect their children. This is the case when there is a divorce. You want to keep them protected throughout the process. There are a variety of ways that this can happen, but the most important to remember is that you keep the focus on them.

Don't let kids play you against your ex

When you have children with someone, you are going to have to deal with that person for a long time, at least until the kids are grown. If you divorce, this can be a challenge since you will have to continue to act as a parenting team. This can help to head off issues that can occur when the kids try to play one parent against the other.

Infants have unique needs in child custody cases

Child custody agreements must be created based on what is best for the children. This means that an arrangement that works for a teen won't necessarily work for an infant. The child's age and needs can affect what is best for babies who are at the center of a custody case.

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