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January 2013 Archives

International child custody dispute pending in federal court

Pennsylvania parents confronting international child custody issues may be interested in a federal trial just underway in a northeastern state. The child custody dispute got its start in 2006 when a Turkish court granted a divorce to a father and also awarded him custody of the two young children of the marriage. The mother, an American citizen, subsequently took the daughters and left the country, enlisting the help of a mercenary to whom her parents paid $70,000. After several years in hiding, she was granted the opportunity to return to the United States with the children and has since lived here with them.

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant call off divorce, announce reconciliation

Pennsylvania readers may have read that Kobe Bryant, the NBA superstar, and his wife Vanessa are not getting a divorce after all. The couple has had a difficult time of things, dating back to 2003 when allegations of sexual assault involving another woman were pursued against the basketball star. While Vanessa stood by Kobe and the criminal charges were ultimately dismissed, it took an understandable toll on their marriage. Their on-again, off-again relationship took a turn for the worse in 2011 when Vanessa filed formal divorce proceedings by citing "irreconcilable differences."

The unanticipated costs of a divorce in Pennsylvania

Many times, when couples confront divorce in Pennsylvania, they focus on commonly identified issues such as asset division, spousal maintenance and child custody. Yet many couples may not give much thought to other realities of divorce; namely, that they will both be living with the benefit of only one primary income. A divorce can lead to unexpected expenses, ranging from additional taxes to added insurance costs, retirement plan contributions and even how much a membership at the local gym will be.

Adoption child custody ruling is major fathers' rights win

When it comes to the rights of fathers toward their children, the American court system sadly lags behind the shift that has taken place within our society. Fathers have become far more involved in the lives of their children in recent decades, and many shoulder as much or more of the responsibilities of childrearing than their wives. However, Pennsylvania fathers still face considerable challenges within the legal system in child custody cases. The recent court victory of one father reminds all others of the need to protect one's legal interests in relation to their children.

As more kids live with grandparents, seniors' health suffers

Statistics show that more and more Pennsylvania families are comprised of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. This trend comes as a result of a number of factors, including a sluggish economy that has left many parents unable to care for their own children. In other cases, drugs, mental illness or criminal convictions have left children without a functioning parent, and the grandparents have stepped into this role out of love and concern for their grandchildren. No matter how a child has come to live with grandparents, this type of family unit has a number of unique needs and challenges.

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