Under certain circumstances, such as the death of a child's parents, it will be up to the Pennsylvania courts to determine what will happen to that child. In the absence of another parent, the child's grandparents are normally the next relative that can petition for custody. As things stand now, other relatives such as aunts and uncles do not have the right to petition for child custody except under specific circumstances.
Prenuptial agreements have long been thought to be unbreakable contracts between two people who are getting married. However, a recent case whereby a woman convinced a court that her prenup was void has begun to make people change their minds. Documents once drawn up as a guideline for divorce are now being challenged.
A woman in Pennsylvania successfully rescued her child from another country after he had been missing for about 20 months. Her son had been kidnapped in 2011 by his father. The couple was divorced, and he illegally attempted to gained child custody. After utilizing $100,000 to seek her son, she finally has him back home. The ex-husband is currently wanted by federal authorities for forgery.
Marijuana use is currently a hot topic in the United States. Though Pennsylvania has not yet followed suit, a number of states have approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. One western state recently approved use of the drug for both medicinal and non-medicinal use. That action has prompted some to question how passage of the Amendment will affect child custody litigation within the state.
We have written on this blog in the past about alternative dispute resolution options such as divorce mediation or a collaborative divorce. These alternatives to the typical divorce process in Pennsylvania may be a good fit for those couples who are able to keep important lines of communication open. A collaborative divorce, in particular, offers couples a means of avoiding litigation and staying out of the court room.
Fathers' rights is a growing area of family law in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. Traditionally, issues concerning fathers' rights received little attention in a significant number of jurisdictions across the country. When parents divorced or separated, any minor children almost always ended up in the sole custody of the mother with the father was relegated to weekend visitations and a hefty child support payment. The times, however, are definitely changing.
Divorce is a part of the fabric of Pennsylvania society. The simple truth is that not all marriages last forever. Some statistics indicate that about 25 percent of marriages will be over before the tenth wedding anniversary, while 10 percent will not make it beyond the fifth one. One commentator notes the general disparity in financial circumstances between men and women after divorce, a fact that underscores the need for women to consider the potential impact of a separation occurring down the line. Almost two thirds of men are thought to enjoy a better lifestyle post-divorce, while somewhat more than one third of women will experience that.
Child support is an understandably important matter in Pennsylvania and across the country. Paid for the benefit of the children involved, child support is typically due from the noncustodial parent and remitted to the custodial parent. The payments can quickly add up to a significant sum, and few would argue that the cost of raising a child in modern society is unsubstantial. One case from another state recently tackled the question of what happens when a child support order is based on the willful deception of one of the parties.
Pennsylvania soldiers likely have a lot of gratitude toward one state senator. This woman was inspired to create a bill ensuring that no judge could change a child custody arrangement whose parent is an active-duty member of the military. She found inspiration when she heard of one set of grandparents not being allowed to see their grandson while their son was serving his country overseas in Iraq.