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Divorce and visitation during the holiday season

The ending of a marriage can be the hardest on the children. It also seems the holiday season adds even more stress to the already difficult circumstances children of divorce face. Pennsylvania parents making decisions on visitations schedules will want to consider the effects their plans have on the children.

When drawing up a custody and visitation schedule with their attorneys, parents should take into account traditions to which the children may look forward each year. While one parent chooses to continue to enjoy those special times, the other may want to start new ones to go along with their new life, post-divorce. Should the parents be of differing religious faiths, the right planning will help in finding a way to celebrate those observances.

Non-payment of child support could land father in jail

Every divorced parent in Pennsylvania should know there is an obligation for the noncustodial parent to financially support the children, even if visitation is limited or nonexistent. If court-ordered child support is not paid, wages are often garnished and made available to the custodial parent. One man owes nearly $60,000 in child support and may have to serve jail time if he does not pay.

The man is the father of five children, with ages ranging from infancy to 9 years old. Two of the children have the same mother but the others were born to different women. He has admitted that he is the father to all five children.

Rapper Offset addresses child support request

Parents in Pennsylvania know their main job of raising their children takes a lot of sacrifice. When the two parents are no longer together, those sacrifices don't end. Child support, spending time as a new family unit and general availability to the kids at any time should always be priorities no matter the relationship between the former couple. Offset, a rapper with the group Migos, is being asked for additional child support from his former love interest, Justine Watson.

Years ago the two had a relationship that produced a boy, now 7 years old. Although there was never a DNA test taken by Offset, both parents acknowledge that he is the father. Over the years he has provided sporadic financial support but Watson is now requesting a more detailed, official arrangement. She wants Offset to pay the total amount of support he owes her from the years past, to provide health insurance and to pay her legal fees.

Parents take steps to get child custody over state agency

Pennsylvania parents may have read about those who have lost custody of their children because of drug and alcohol abuse. It can be tough for these parents to regain child custody, even after becoming sober and taking steps to improve their lives. The parents of two little girls are fighting the state for child custody after the Department of Children and Families took them away in 2014.

The state agency got involved after the father was arrested for domestic violence, spending four months in jail for his offense. He now admits his alcohol abuse caused him to become abusive to his wife. Although he never hurt his daughters, the oldest of which is now four years old, he knows he could have. The state did not place the oldest girl in the custody of her mother, as her mother made the choice to return to her husband. Instead, she was placed with a woman who had too many foster children at one time, and her inability to care for them led to the death of one child and irreparable physical and brain damage to the four-year-old girl.

Spousal support revisited by David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach

When a Pennsylvania marriage ends, there is often a court order for one parent to provide financial support for any children born as a result of the union. What is not always instructed, however, is the payment of spousal support. Should a former spouse not need financial assistance after the divorce, there is no such directive in the divorce agreement. David Hasselhoff and his ex-wife, Pamela Bach, are waging a legal battle against each other over spousal support.

Hasselhoff has been paying Bach $10,000 each month but has legally appealed to discontinue payment of any amount. He says she is more than able to find a way to support herself. The two were married for 17 years before divorcing in 2006.

Audrina Patridge's ex wants change in divorce agreement

Most partners in a Pennsylvania marriage give the union everything they have to make it work. Sometimes the marriage does last until death parts them, but sometimes it ends in divorce. That was the case for The Hills star, Audrina Patridge, and Corey Bohan. Even though they were only married for 10 months, Patridge wants a divorce.

Earlier in October they met to determine the parameters of a custody agreement for their daughter, Kirra. They apparently both agreed Patridge would have legal custody with Bohan getting the 16-month-old three nights during the week. More recently, Bohan filed a formal answer to the divorce proceedings, seeking legal custody, spousal support and a request for Patridge to pay his legal fees.

Child support case for Miguel Cabrera gets ugly

The typical Pennsylvania divorced parents have entered into a child support agreement where the monthly payments by the noncustodial parent are enough to meet the basic needs of the child plus a little more, if his or her earnings allow. The support orders for highly-paid celebrities and others at the wealthy end of the financial spectrum often provide a substantially greater sum. Belkis Rodriguez, the former mistress to Miguel Cabrera and the apparent mother of two of his children is taking him back to court for an increase in the amount of child support he pays her each month.

Since the two children in question were born, Cabrera has paid Rodriguez at least $12,000 in support every month. She claims after buying her a nearly 4,000-square-foot house, he has cut that monthly stipend. She has filed a petition in court, asking for more money, as she says the amount he is currently paying does not cover the expenses of their needs. Under the laws of the state in which she resides and because of his financial assets, her lawyers say there is a possibility she could get as much as $100,000 each month.

Man arrested for nonpayment of child support

Authorities in Pennsylvania as well as other states have begun cracking down on noncustodial parents who have not been paying child support. Even older cases have been revisited and offenders have not escaped retroactive action. A man was recently arrested for nonpayment of child support regarding his son, who is now 26 years old.

When the boy was 5 years old a judge declared the man to be the child's father and ordered him to submit to DNA testing, an action with which the man never complied. The order also stated the father should pay $56 each week in child support, which the child's mother never received. Nearly 10 years later funds were seized from the man's bank account for partial payment of the amount he owed at the time, but it was only a fraction of the total sum.

Divorce sought by reality star, former NBA player

Pennsylvania fans of the reality show "Love and Hip Hop Hollywood Season 4" are familiar with Keyshia Cole and former NBA player Daniel Gibson. After a seven-year marriage and the birth of a son, the two have decided to divorce. The show has addressed some of the issues the two have gone through during and since filing for divorce.

Although the two are no longer married, they do live in the same house in order to take care of their son, Daniel Jr. A recently released report claimed there was a document in which Gibson was asking for sole custody as well as spousal support from Cole. However, in an Instagram post, he denied both allegations and claimed he would never take the boy from his mother.

Hurricane Harvey victim center of child custody battle

Pennsylvania residents have read many stories in the news and on social media stemming from the devastation that was Hurricane Harvey. One of the most prevalent and heartbreaking stories has turned into a battle for child custody. Both the girl's father and a cousin are seeking permanent child custody of a three-year-old girl.

The little girl, Jordyn Falade, was found holding onto her mother as they floated in the floods produced by Harvey. Collette Sulcer did not survive the nightmare but, before she died, she had told her daughter to hold onto her tightly and to not let go. Jordyn has been in the care of relatives and family friends since she was rescued.

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