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Best interests of children important in child custody case

A divorce proceeding deals with balancing the interests of the two spouses as they begin to cut their legal ties to one another. However, when children are involved, the interests of the children will also need to be considered in Pennsylvania or in any other state. This is what one billionaire is making sure happens in his current child custody case.

Sharing a Pennsylvania child custody matter with school

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.

Mother of Paul George's daughter seeks sole custody

Pennsylvania NBA fans may be aware that Paul George currently has some domestic issues he is working through. A woman who claims that he is the father of her daughter is seeking sole custody of the child. First, before any custody issues can be resolved, it will be necessary for the court to determine if George is the father of the child since the pair is not married.

Using mediation to resolve child custody issues

As many in Pennsylvania know, parents do not always see eye-to-eye when it comes to their children. If a couple is in the middle of a divorce, resolving child custody issues can be a challenge. When the parties are not able to agree, mediation may be a good alternative to litigation.

Many Pennsylvania families awaiting end to child custody disputes

In 2010, the Pennsylvania legislature revised the state's laws regarding child custody. It is now necessary for an evaluation to be performed if the parent who wants custody of a child -- or anyone living with that parent -- has a criminal record. This requirement has created a backlog, and some families are waiting a year to have their child custody case heard.

Could states take steps to safeguard visitation rights?

Many Pennsylvania noncustodial parents understand the struggles of being a parent after a divorce. Visitation with the children can seem like water in a desert for a parent that wants to remain as much a part of their lives as possible. Unfortunately, short of taking the custodial parent back to court on contempt allegations, few safeguards exist to ensure that noncustodial parents get to spend time with their children.

Drs. Evans and Evans in child custody dispute

It has been said that divorce can bring out the worst in people. That may pale in comparison to what can happen in some child custody disputes. Pennsylvania fans of "Dr. 90210" may remember Dr. Brian Evans, a plastic surgeon, and Dr. Susan Evans, a dermatologist. The two doctors have been involved in a child custody dispute to modify their current custody arrangement that has recently intensified.

Admission of evidence in a Pennsylvania custody dispute

In states such as Pennsylvania that have no-fault divorce, except in certain circumstances, courts don't care about the parties' behavior or what led them to divorce court. In a custody dispute, however, a person's character, personal choices and bad behavior could indeed make a difference. Courts often have to decide what information is admissible in a custody hearing and what is not.

Relatives seeking child custody in Pennsylvania

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.

Grandfather facing criminal charges in child custody dispute

Child custody cases are among the most emotionally charged and highly contentious legal matters handled by family law attorneys. There are few things that Pennsylvania residents hold more dear than the right to raise their children, and even extended family members can become wrapped up in a bitter child custody dispute. However, as one widely reported case demonstrates, allowing one's emotions to overrule their reason can lead to serious consequences.

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