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Child Custody Archives

How immigration enforcement can change children's lives

While many people in Pennsylvania expect to consider child custody only in the case of divorce, emergency situations could bring custody matters to the surface in unrelated cases. The escalated immigration enforcement actions against undocumented people -- and also some documented immigrants -- have led to children being left in the hands of grandparents and other family members if their parents are deported. Since the children in question are often U.S. citizens, their parents may want them to remain behind.

Some advantages of shared custody

If a parent in Pennsylvania seeks sole physical custody during a divorce but a judge decides to grant joint custody, the parent may struggle with that decision. However, there are some advantages to sharing custody. Parents may remind themselves of these advantages, and in some cases, they might even consider sharing custody as a result.

Divorced parents can work together for the kids

When parents in Pennsylvania decide to divorce, it can be an exciting and difficult time to navigate the transition to co-parenting. While non-parents can move on from their former spouses, divorcing parents need to remain connected in order to support their children together. Sometimes, the hardest part of co-parenting is establishing that relationship while the divorce itself is in progress. When parents keep some key tips in mind, they can help to set up a framework for long-term cooperation.

What parents need to know about child custody

Separating from a partner is never easy, and couples in Pennsylvania with children will have additional considerations when a divorce takes place. They need to decide who will receive physical and legal custody of the child. When a couple cannot agree on how custody will be divided, it typically becomes necessary to meet with a judge who can determine where the child will live.

Planning for success in school after a divorce

Starting school again after a long summer break can be difficult for some children in Pennsylvania. However, emotions are especially heightened when a child is dealing with a divorce during the same period. At the same time, transitions can bring about a great opportunity for kids to shift their goals and expectations. Divorced parents should ideally work together to help their kids establish goals for the year and learn to deal with uncomfortable situations. By setting expectations, kids will find it a lot easier to adjust.

Unmarried fathers may pursue custody and visitation

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that 40 percent of children born around the country are born to parents who are not married. This figure was just 18.4 percent about a decade ago according to the public health institute. There is no legal presumption of parenthood when a child is born out of wedlock, so unmarried fathers In Pennsylvania must first establish paternity if they wish to pursue custody or visitation.

Making a parenting schedule

Separated parents in Pennsylvania should understand how important it is to work with their exes when they develop parenting schedules for their children. A well-developed parenting schedule should divide the responsibilities that come with child custody. In addition, it reflects well on the parents if their children are able to see them working together in a positive manner.

How substance abuse can affect child custody

Pennsylvania parents who have ex-spouses with alcohol or drug dependences may have justifiable child custody concerns. While it is important that parents comply with court-mandated child custody scheduling and visitation, there are certain steps they can take to protect their kids from a parent suffering from substance abuse.

About visitation rights

Parents in Pennsylvania who are not granted child custody are usually given visitation rights. In the majority of cases, the courts prefer to have both parents actively involved in the lives of their children even if they determine that the children may be better served residing with one of the parents for the majority of the time. However, parents who are denied custody should understand why and what type of rights they have regarding visitation.

The problems with the child support system

Many Pennsylvania parents struggle to pay child support, especially when they make less than $10,000 a year. According to a study from the Urban Institute, about 70 percent of all child support debt in the U.S. is owed by parents who fit in this category. Even so, the consequences for owing child support can be severe, including jail time.

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