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What to know about supervised visitation

If a parent in Pennsylvania is granted supervised visitation, the visits must be monitored by another party. Accompaniment may be provided by a family member, social worker or another agreed-upon party, and the visitation will generally take place at a predetermined public location. Supervised visitation is typically ordered if a parent has a history of abusive or otherwise harmful behavior.

Study examines coparenting in violent relationships

Pennsylvania parents in relationships that have become violent may face co-parenting challenges after a divorce. How this plays out depends in part on what kind of violence is occurring. One kind is known as situational couple violence and involves the couple getting into an argument that results in both being violent with one another. The other is known as coercive controlling violence. This involves one partner using violence toward the other as part of an overall pattern of control.

Fathers can benefit from co-parenting agreements

For Pennsylvania fathers of young children, divorce can be a scary thought, not only due to the end of a once-loving relationship but for its impact on their relationships with their kids. For a parent who has been part of his kids' lives on a daily basis, it can be painful to know that this constant interaction is going to change. Not only can child custody negotiations be emotionally challenging, but they can also be logistically difficult.

Former actress granted full custody of daugher

Berks County, Pennsylvania, residents may have heard of Audrina Patridge from her time on the television show "Hills." On Oct. 6, she was awarded full custody of her 15-month-old daughter as well as the former couple's dog. The father is allowed to have visitation with the child, but she must be picked up at a police station due to a restraining order. Other conditions of the divorce include that Patridge must pay her former husband $35,000 for work done on a home that they used to share.

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.

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