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Why parents should strive for shared parenting

In Pennsylvania and other states, divorce courts are slowly beginning to favor shared parenting agreements after couples who have minor children decide to end their marriage. Even though advances in shared parenting has been made, U.S. Census data still shows that in the vast majority of cases courts still give the mother physical custody. Although this can be frustrating for fathers, there are reasons they should not give up getting the parenting time they need and deserve.

How nesting can help children

Pennsylvania estranged couples may be familiar with the concept of shared custody. In this type of arrangement, children of divorced parents will spend part of the week with one parent before spending the rest with the other. However, a concept called nesting allows the child to stay in the same home with the parents rotating between the family home and an outside residence. This may be ideal for children because it allows them to feel a sense of permanency.

Tips for a custody hearing

Pennsylvania parents who are going through a child custody dispute should avoid talking to the other parent or to friends about their strategy. These conversations should only happen between the parent and an attorney. Parents should also avoid the temptation to listen to loved ones who advise that they should push harder for more visitation time or support. This can turn a relatively amicable negotiation into an unpleasant one.

Helping children cope with divorce

Pennsylvania parents who are ending their marriage can behave in certain ways that may help make it less difficult for their children. They should avoid arguing in front of their children and should avoid making negative remarks about the other parent in front of the child. Instead, they should try to be positive about the child's interactions with that parent.

Preventing an international child abduction

The possibility of an international child abduction may be a concern for Pennsylvania parents who are going through a divorce from someone who has foreign ties. While the Hague Convention governs parental international child abductions, not every country is a signatory to it. Furthermore, even when a country is a signatory, the process of returning the child to the United States may still be a lengthy one involving negotiations.

Court must approve child custody to make it enforceable

When Pennsylvania parents of young children go through a divorce, the family court will require a written parenting plan that describes the child custody schedule. People either reach terms for splitting the care of children through negotiation or litigation. Unmarried parents should also go through the process of establishing a court-approved child custody plan. After recognition by a court, the plan becomes a court order, which allows either parent to use the legal system to correct violations by the other party.

How to get along with the child's other parent after a divorce

A written parenting plan may be an effective way to help Pennsylvania parents remember to put their kids first after a divorce. It may help ensure that both of them take an active role in raising their children. When one decides to let the other raise a child on his or her own, it could lead to resentment on the part of the child both now and in the future.

NBA player awarded joint child custody of his son

Basketball fans in Pennsylvania may be familiar with Los Angeles Clippers' player DeAndre Jordan. The 28-year-old center has been involved in a child custody battle with his ex, Ashley Rose. The former couple has a 1-year-old son together, and Rose was reportedly asking the court to award her sole legal and physical custody of the boy.

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