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Actress and her musician husband reactivate divorce proceedings

When some Pittsburgh couples decide to begin the divorce process, it can be a time of doubt. A couple may choose, after beginning the process, to attempt to work things out before calling it quits. This may be particularly common with couples who have children and want to remain together for their benefit. While some couples may be able to work out their differences, some differences are irreconcilable, and the couple may ultimately proceed with the divorce.

Misconception: divorce harms children

In divorce cases in Pennsylvania and anywhere else in the country, matters are often made more complicated when the best interests of a child or multiple children must be considered. Parents may have to set aside any tensions they feel toward one another, and work together to settle issues in a manner that will most benefit their children.

Soldiers to be happy about child custody law changes in Pennsylvania

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.

Primary custody: Single-father families increasing

Families headed by single fathers are, according to reports that look into trends of single fathers, the fastest growing household in the United States. In Pennsylvania and across the country, more and more fathers have primary custody and are raising their children after divorce, rather than just widowhood, as was the most common condition of single fatherhood in the past. However, these households are still at a low percentage compared to other households and are still not seeing as much assistance as single mother households do.

Positive co-parenting in shared child custody is important

Pennsylvania parents may agree that parenting can be hard enough when parents are married and living together. This takes on a whole new level of difficulty when parents divorce and find themselves saddled with stressed, negative emotions toward their ex-spouse while also adjusting to a whole new lifestyle. Even with the fairest child custody agreement, these feelings can still exist between ex-spouses, and can often hold negative consequences for the children involved.

Illegal immigrants face loss of child custody when detained

The Applied Research Center reports that as of 2011, nearly 5,100 children in 22 states across the U.S. were in foster care as a result of their parents being either detained or deported on illegal immigration charges. In many of these cases, the parents had their parental rights stripped and their children were put up for legal adoption. This can understandably be a difficult and frustrating process for parents in Pennsylvania and across the country. Luckily, some of these parents are able to obtain temporary visas to remain in the country long enough to fight for child custody of their biological children, as in the recent case of one immigrant mother.

Smoking could change your custody agreement

If you had a new year's resolution to quit smoking, it might be a good idea to follow through with it if you are in the midst of a divorce and fighting for custody of your children. Going through a divorce is tough enough, but now custody and visitation of your children could come into play if you are a cigarette smoker. There have been recent cases of parents that smoke losing custody privileges.

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