Unfortunately, unless the parties of a Pennsylvania divorce come to a child custody agreement via mediation, one or both parents are bound to be unhappy with the court's custody determination. If this is the case with you, you may wonder if it is possible to appeal the court's decision and, if so, if making an appeal would be a good idea.
There are many life-changing hurdles that people have to work through, such as losing their job and bringing their marriage to an end. In some instances, people experience both of these changes simultaneously. For example, someone may have been informed that their position was being terminated, and in the wake of the stress and uncertainty brought on by this challenge, their marriage may have fallen apart as well. Or, someone may be surprised when their spouse tells them they want a divorce, prompting them to become depressed and ultimately lose their job.
In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, many grandparents are raising their own grandchildren. Some of these grandparents will not just raise the children -- they will seek permanent child custody. Two divorced grandparents are actually fighting each other for child custody of their only granddaughter.
If you and your spouse decide to divorce in Pennsylvania, one of the things you will need to do is come up with an equitable distribution of your marital assets between the two of you. But what constitutes an equitable distribution?
There are some Pennsylvania non-custodial parents who struggle every paycheck even before deducting the amount, usually court-ordered, to an ex for financial support of their children. However, because of the level of care they have for their children, they know handing over that child support is of utmost importance. In recent news, a former basketball player for the NBA could face time in prison for not paying child support.
Unfortunately, it often takes the bad to find the good; sadder still is when a child is involved. In too many child custody cases, one parent, a grandparent or another family member is awarded guardianship because of drug use by one or both biological parents. Some Pennsylvania parents may empathize with one mother who was granted sole child custody when drugs entered the picture.
It's important to understand that divorce and family laws evolve. That's not to say there cannot be an improvement.
Some Pennsylvania residents know falling in love can be fun, and that feeling can lead a person into making certain decisions he or she would never make otherwise. When a relationship progresses quickly into marriage, however, not getting to know each other before tying the knot can lead to disaster, namely divorce. Actor Nicholas Cage feels like he acted in haste as he entered his most recent union and is now asking not for a divorce, but for an annulment.