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How does domestic violence impact a child custody case?

Domestic violence has become an epidemic in the United States. Every year more than 3 million children are forced to witness one of their parents being physically or verbally abused by the other. Often domestic violence becomes the primary reason why a relationship comes to an end.

The traditional 50-50 custody arrangement may not work

Divorced parents in Pennsylvania might choose the traditional method of effectuating a 50-50 custody arrangement that will involve the children being with a parent one week and the other parent the next week. However, this may not always be the most advantageous solution for the children, who could bear some negative consequences from this type of plan. As a result, co-parents should keep an open mind as to alternative arrangements that may work better.

Creating a parenting program can help children deal with divorce

Even though Pennsylvania has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country, there are plenty of couples who choose to end their marriages every year. Those who divorce with children will have to take certain steps to be sure their family can function on a healthy level following the separation. A great way to begin the healing process is to create a well-thought-out parenting program.

Difficult ex-spouses and co-parenting challenges

Some parents in Pittsburgh may face a difficult challenge after divorce. They may be co-parenting with an ex-spouse who is manipulative and creates conflict. Parents may need to learn to step back and set healthy boundaries. It can help if they remember that their focus should be on the children.

Parenting at a distance

When parents in Pennsylvania divorce, a top priority for both individuals is maintaining a strong relationship with their children. Complicating matters is the necessity, in some situations, for one or both parents to relocate such that their homes are a significant distance from each other. The noncustodial parent may become particularly anxious about maintaining a parental presence in his or her children's lives.

How can parental rights be terminated in Pennsylvania?

If you were to ask most in Cranberry Township what is the one job that you cannot be fired from, most might likely say “parent.” Yet that is not always the case. There are indeed scenarios where state officials may determine that you are unfit to retain parental authority over your child. Then there are also cases where you may question the fitness of your children’s other parent. In both cases, the state has established criteria that allow for parental rights to be terminated. 

How does supervised visitation work?

Courts believe it's in the best interest of children to have healthy relationships with both parents. However, when there are allegations of abuse or issues with alcohol and drug use, it may not be safe for a child to spend time alone with a parent. In this case, the court may order supervised visits, which take place in the presence of a social worker or another family member. Very Well Family offers the following information on how supervised visitation actually works. 

Why do parents modify child custody orders?

Over time, it might be necessary for you and your ex to discuss modifications of an existing child custody order. The child custody plan is created with the best interests of your kids in mind, so when needs or situations change, it makes sense that the arrangement would change as well. Very Well Family offers a few examples of when a custody order might need to be altered. 

What if you want to move away with the kids?

There may be any number of reasons why you might want to move away from Cranberry Township following your divorce. You may find it too difficult to stay in the same area where you made your married life with your spouse. You could also find employment opportunities in other markets that are too good for you to pass up. Whatever your reason, one thing to keep in mind when preparing for a move is to how you can reconcile your relocation with your current custody agreement

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