Most parents are anxious before a child custody hearing. Part of this anxiety comes from the pressure to prepare and present their case effectively in court. While planning cannot relieve all the emotional tension that a custody hearing may bring, being prepared can make you a more powerful advocate for yourself.
One of the most difficult elements that Pennsylvania parents who are going through a divorce often face is child custody. In addition to ascertaining financial and legal responsibility, courts often have to sort out such emotional issues as personal care and visitation rights. Modern technology has moved into the issue of child custody with the reality of virtual visitation.
Pennsylvania family courts often prefer to encourage parents to work together in developing parenting plans during divorce proceedings. Judges may order that non-custodial parents receive reasonable visitation with their children, and parents often have questions about what that term means and how it is determined.
Pennsylvania grandparents who have been denied the right to visit their grandchildren may not be aware that they can pursue visitation in court. However, certain circumstances must exist. A birth parent must have died, the parents must be divorced or separated or the child must have lived with the grandparent for at least a year before being removed from the home.