Pennsylvania readers may be interested to learn that the head of a grandparents' rights association from a southern state has been using his personal experience as motivation to seek changes in child custody proceedings across the country. He raised his two grandchildren, along with his wife, since shortly after the kids were born. However, that all changed in 2010, when his state's Department of Social Services stepped in and removed the children, claiming that the man and his wife were too old and medically unfit to continue to raise them. The experience turned him into a spokesman for grandparents' rights.
Modern technology has made its impact on divorce and child custody in Pennsylvania. The seminal movie about child custody from the 1970s, Kramer vs. Kramer, portrayed the struggles of parents in an environment where the mother was typically awarded child custody, and the father was relegated to weekend walks in the park and ice cream cones. Now, courts across the country are more focused on meaningful shared custody. Such an arrangement virtually compels parents to remain in communication, even if they are less than enthusiastic about doing so.
Pennsylvania parents who have negotiated their own divorce recognize how complicated some of the issues can become. Everything from child custody to visitation and child support are typically on the table for discussion. Other issues are important as well, such as how the holidays will be split and providing for access to medical and health records. This is an issue of particular importance to fathers, particularly since more than 80 percent of single parent households are said to be headed by the mother.