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The success of child custody arrangements depends on the parents


Involving children directly in any divorce case adds challenges to an already complicated legal issue. Divorced parents in Philadelphia know how difficult it is to discuss child custody issues. Divorcing parents often find it impossible to find the best custody arrangement because they do not want to separate from their children. However, as the divorce unfolds, parents realize that the family dynamic is about to change and that they must find the best possible arrangement that prioritizes the best interests of the children.

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.

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.

Taking care of child custody problems with mediation


For many couples, the most difficult part of a divorce is not dividing property, but dividing time with their children. This is never an easy process for divorced couples. For some, the wounds of a break-up are still raw and constantly communicating with a parent does not help with the situation. However, parents in Pennsylvania should consider that the situation is not about both of them but for the best interests of the child.

Actor denied child custody helps parents in same situation


For Philadelphia residents who follow his lengthy acting career, Jason Patric has played both hero and villain. In the eyes of the people who follow his child custody dispute, he may be perceived as both. However, Patric recently played hero to parents facing a similar situation.

Three co-parenting tips for Philadelphia divorced parents


Divorce is not just a life-altering situation for former spouses but it greatly affects children as well. Children must go through the often-sensitive and tedious process of a child custody battle. They also have to adjust to limited and less-than-ideal interactions with their parents. Often, children get lost in the shuffle and lose their sense of security. However, there are three ways for co-parents to address the situation and make the most out of their custody arrangement.

Shared parenting can make a difference in child custody disputes


In Philadelphia, the best interests of the child is the focal point of all child custody issues. However, in divorce, divorcing parents often forget the fact that their children's future is on the line in every child custody dispute. In most cases, one parent often aims to gain the sole custody of the child without considering the feelings of the other parent who may also want to have a relationship with the child. Limited visitation rights will be difficult for the non-custodial parent and for the child as well.

Exercising grandparents' rights can be complicated


People in their golden years are the anchors of many American families. Looking after their grandchildren and sharing precious moments with them is a joy for many grandparents in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and across the country. It is one reason why many grandparents step forward if their children cannot take care of their own children.

Child custody battle heats up between skier and ex-girlfriend


The custody battle between Olympic skier Bode Miller and his former girlfriend Sara McKenna is one of the most talked about family law issues in the U.S. at the moment, including in Philadelphia. Some people assumed that the relationship would not last, which is what happened. They met through a matchmaker and their romantic relationship quickly faded. However, they are still connected; they have a son, who is in the middle of their child custody battle.

Settling child custody with an uncooperative ex-spouse


Many divorced couples, including those in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, understand that disputes arising from child custody and visitation can occur. Disputes are possible because parents are concerned about their child; however, sometimes, a divorced parent may be uncooperative with his or her co-parent because of bitter feelings toward the other spouse.

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