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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.

Child custody gained through improper measures rarely successful

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.

Grandparents awarded child custody, father kidnaps the 2 boys

Few Pennsylvania readers would argue that the world seems a smaller place in 2013. Sometimes, a parent might try and use that to his or her advantage when confronting issues over child custody. We have written several articles over the past year about international custody disputes, and the attempts of parents in the United States to retrieve their children from abroad. A recent story making national news concerns the plight of two parents who fled from the United States with their two children in the face of an adverse child custody order.

Child custody verdict favors Deion Sanders over ex wife Pilar

Pennsylvania readers may recall that, last December, we wrote about the ongoing divorce battle between former NFL great Deion Sanders and his now former wife, Pilar ("Deion Sanders divorce: Pilar fights for child support, annulment," Dec. 12). The court battle between the two has continued for months and recently resulted in a trial over child custody issues. Both Deion and Pilar sought sole custody of their three children, and the issues were recently tried before a jury of 12 men and women.

International child custody dispute pending in federal court

Pennsylvania parents confronting international child custody issues may be interested in a federal trial just underway in a northeastern state. The child custody dispute got its start in 2006 when a Turkish court granted a divorce to a father and also awarded him custody of the two young children of the marriage. The mother, an American citizen, subsequently took the daughters and left the country, enlisting the help of a mercenary to whom her parents paid $70,000. After several years in hiding, she was granted the opportunity to return to the United States with the children and has since lived here with them.

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