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Custodial interference threatens parent-child bond

For many divorced or separated parents in Berks County, custodial interference may represent their greatest fear as their former partner attempts to drive a wedge between parent and child. When a child is kept from one of their parents due to a dispute between the adults and absent a situation of abuse or neglect, it can have serious consequences for the child's physical and psychological well-being. This is one reason why a systematic, ongoing attempt to undermine a parent's custodial relationship with their child can rise to the level of a criminal offense in some cases.

Issues that are considered in child custody decisions

When matters of child custody are decided in courts in Pennsylvania, judges take many factors into consideration. Doing what is best for the child is always the goal, so consideration will be given to living conditions, the financial situations of the parents, relationships with siblings and the stability of the parents' jobs and lifestyles.

How to compel a parent to pay child support

Pennsylvania parents who are ordered to pay child support must comply with that order. While there may be many reasons why a parent may not want to comply, there are consequences for failure to do so. Primarily, child support payments are designed to ensure that both parents are contributing to the upbringing of their child. There are several factors that go into determining how much support a custodial parent is entitled to.

Divorce and the division of retirement accounts

For many Pennsylvania couples going through divorce, it's necessary to split retirement accounts. Taking an early distribution from a retirement account usually results in having to pay taxes and penalties. In the event of a divorce, however, this can be avoided if the couple completes the proper paperwork and handles the distribution correctly.

3 things you need to know about getting a Pennsylvania divorce

If you are heading for divorce, you may be overwhelmed by all that needs to be done. There are so many things to decide and address. Fortunately, you don't have to face this difficult time alone. Experienced divorce lawyers have guided clients through the divorce process innumerable times, and the right attorney will know how to help you deal with every possible scenario.

Study looks at longevity of various relationships

According to a study that appeared in the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, male-male couples are less likely to break up than female-female couples or male-female couples. Based on the study's findings, couples in Pennsylvania and throughout the country are no more likely to stay together if they legalize the relationship.

Preparing for a possible divorce

There are a number of ways that people in Pennsylvania can protect their finances in case of divorce or the death of a spouse. A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can be used to keep finances separate and outline how assets should be divided in case of divorce. While some people might feel that this kind of agreement indicates that the participants are cynical about marriage, some say it's no different than putting on a seat belt in case of an accident.

How fathers can gain child custody

Pennsylvania fathers who want custody of their children may find that they are at a legal disadvantage. For generations, mothers were automatically considered to be the parent that could properly raise the children during their formative years. As a result, courts tended to rule in the mother's favor during custody disputes. However, fathers do have rights, and they can take certain steps to improve their chances of obtaining custody of their children.

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