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How parents can resolve custody matters jointly

Pennsylvania estranged parents don't necessarily need to go to court to resolve their child custody issues. Instead, it may be possible to do so through informal negotiations or through alternate dispute resolution methods such as mediation or collaborative law. In many cases, child custody issues are resolved before it becomes necessary to ask a judge to make a ruling. In fact, parents may be able to resolve a child custody matter without the need for attorneys.

Importance of consistent rules between parents' homes

Pennsylvanians who are getting divorced should focus on helping their children to deal with the situation in healthy manners. As children are very dependent on structure, it is important for parents to try to determine in advance what rules they will have in each of their homes for the children.

Handling a difficult co-parenting situation after a divorce

Some Pennsylvania parents who are divorced may be struggling to co-parent with a difficult ex-spouse. As long as these struggles are not related to issues such as addiction and abuse and instead have more to do with ongoing conflict between parents, there may be steps that can be taken to improve the situation.

The advantages of shared parenting

Parents in Pennsylvania who are considering separation or divorce are often concerned about child custody and visitation issues. Historically, mothers typically assume primary physical custody of their children while the father has visitation rights. Some experts and parents have noted, however, that this practice has not kept up with the changing roles of men and women in society.

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.

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