Divorce can be a difficult experience for children, but good child custody arrangements can minimize stress and help children deal well with the transition in their family situation. What sort of custody arrangements work best has long been a subject of debate among child experts, but a new study recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health suggests that shared custody may be the least stressful option for children. Pennsylvania families involved in child custody negotiations may find these results helpful in discerning the best arrangements for their children.
Pennsylvania parents who pay child support and who are filing for bankruptcy cannot have their obligations discharged as part of the process. If a change in circumstances has made it impossible for them to keep up with child support payments, then they need to go to court and file a motion for modification of the child support order. However, this will not affect any amounts that are in arrears, which will still need to be paid.
Pennsylvania residents may not be aware of the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a governmental resource dealing with child welfare. The agency offers several suggestions for measures by which the best interests of a child may be determined when there is a divorce or a child removal order by Child Protective Services.
Pennsylvania couples who are going through divorce and dealing with child custody battles may be familiar with the policy of most family courts to rule in the best interests of the child. While this may be a reasonable standard in principle, the courts are not immune to judicial bias.
Most parents realize that if they are divorcing that they won't have the same sort of unlimited access to their children they once had. Parents may not be able to take spontaneous trips to the movies with their children. They may not be able to see them every day after work. When parents divorce, they generally share custody of the children, which is a bit of a departure from years past. Previously, many fathers in Wyomissing had very limited custody over their children.