Pennsylvania residents may be interested to learn the importance of differing state laws when it comes to child custody. The father and grandfather of an 18-month-old boy found out the hard way that what was legal in one state was not considered to be so in another. This confusion over child custody laws led to some jail time for both men.
Pennsylvania parents involved in child custody disputes may find a recent story interesting. The father of a child has been charged with extortion after he would not return the child to the mother unless she signed a contract he had written in order to keep the two of them from further appearances in family court. He pleaded not guilty and was released, but he was told he could not contact the mother unless they were discussing child care arrangements and that he had to adhere to court orders received in 2013 when both parents sought legal assistance with child custody matters.
When parents are in the midst of a child custody dispute, it is important to follow the correct legal procedures in resolving the dispute. This means following court orders, in Pennsylvania or in any other state. If a parent does not yet have custodial rights over a child, it is important to respect this status until the child custody matter is resolved.
People who are going through a divorce may find their thinking clouded with emotions. This can cause them to act in erratic ways and make decisions that are not in their best interests in Pennsylvania or in any other state. One father may have experienced this as he was going through his recent child custody matter. Unfortunately, this may end up causing him serious legal problems.
A child custody matter in Pennsylvania may take time to discuss and agree upon as parents determine what the best situation will be for the children involved. Many families make the decision to divorce in the summer, when they have time to create custody arrangements without the hassle of dealing with school pick-up and drop-off. As the new school year fast approaches, parents who have divorced or are in the process may question how to ensure their child’s school is aware of the child custody matter.