Whenever a court requires a noncustodial parent to pay his or her ex-spouse to meet their child's needs, it is not making an arbitrary or capricious decision, no matter what the supporting parent believes. Courts throughout the country, including in Pennsylvania, follow formulas that determine how much child support is needed and how much the parent can afford. By understanding the formula, parents can determine for themselves a fair and just amount that will meet their children's everyday expenses.
In every state, Pennsylvania included, grandparents sometimes become replacement parents for their grandchildren when their own children can no longer act as parents. This often happens when their children are in the middle of divorce or are in difficult situations with domestic violence, serious illness or alcohol or drug problems. If the grandchildren's parents decide to divorce, this changes who has custody of the children. In many cases, grandparents are barred from seeing their grandchildren. When this happens, grandparents can seek to have their visitation rights upheld, especially if they have provided care for their grandchildren on a regular basis.
Any Pennsylvania resident who has experienced divorce firsthand, knows that determining what happens to minor children is one of the most difficult issues to deal with. As emotions run high, divorcing parties often unleash their frustrations not only in private but also on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Although it is understandable that a parent in distress wants to share his or her thoughts about child custody negotiations, doing so on a social media site is likely to have unintended consequences.
Like most people, Pennsylvania residents know that emotional outbursts in close relationships may sometimes result in violence. Cases of domestic violence include not only spousal abuse, but also violence against boyfriends, girlfriends and other family members. Recently, a man was arrested in Pennsylvania for assaulting and harassing his girlfriend.
In matters of child custody, Pennsylvania family law isn't as simple as you might imagine. Parents who are engaged in a child custody or visitation dispute will need legal counsel in order to come to a fair arrangement that keeps child's best interests as the top priority. Judges are given great discretion in determining with whom a child lives and spends time, so an attorney is often necessary to help the judge clearly understand the full scope of a given situation.