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.
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.
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.
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.
Many fathers insist that family courts still favor mothers over them when it comes to granting primary custody of a couple's children. Even though the "tender years doctrine" was abolished by many states, including Pennsylvania, there still appears to be a preference toward women by family court judges. If this is true, the fathers' rights movement still has much work to do.
When a married woman in Pennsylvania becomes pregnant, there is a legal presumption that her husband is the father of that child. Men that are not married to the woman carrying their child do not receive the same consideration. A man who believes he is the father of a child could find himself involved in a child custody battle if the mother denies his paternity.
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.
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.
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.
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.