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Child Custody for Fathers in PA: Improve Your Chances

Posted in: Custody & Visitation

In 2011 Pennsylvania amended the legal standard for awarding child custody by establishing 15 standards [1] on which the deciding court must base a custody decision. By showing the court a pattern of parenting behavior that meets the standards in the custody ...

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PA Custody Arrangement – Child Relocation Rules

Posted in: Custody & Visitation, Divorce, General

Parents with custody of minor children often feel the need or desire to move with their children to another location at some point after a divorce. Whether you are the parent who is about to be left behind or the ...

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Child Custody in PA: Answers to Your Questions

Posted in: Custody & Visitation, Divorce, General

Pennsylvania’s Child Custody law applies to married parents, married but separated parents, and parents who have never been married. The laws may also apply to biological and non-biological parents. For purposes of this blog article, individuals seeking or granted Child ...

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Child Custody and Support for Same-sex Couples

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships, Custody & Visitation, General, Spousal & Child Support

As a same-sex partner, you may file a petition for either child custody or child support even if you are not filing for divorce. You may also do so if you are unmarried, as long as you can establish that ...

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Permanent Residency for Gay Marriage Partner

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships, Custody & Visitation, Divorce

Until recently, an individual’s ability to seek citizenship in the United States through a citizen partner has been clear: unless a marriage is deemed valid, the federal government will not grant legal resident status.  Traditionally, the federal government has looked ...

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Custody Orders and Bad Parental Behavior

Posted in: Custody & Visitation, General, Spousal & Child Support

  One of the mistakes many divorced parents of minor children make is assuming the custody order entered in the course of their divorce will remain in effect until the child reaches the age of majority. As a result, they ...

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Definition of a Dependent Child as Specified in PA Statute 42

Posted in: Custody & Visitation, General, Grandparent Visitation

Pennsylvania Statute 42, as it relates to juvenile matters, defines a "dependent child" as a child who: (1)  is without proper parental care or control, subsistence, education as required by law, or other care or control necessary for his physical, mental, ...

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Emancipation of a Minor: Everything You Need to Know

Posted in: Custody & Visitation, General, Spousal & Child Support

What Is an Emancipated Minor? Emancipation typically occurs when a minor reaches the age of majority, which in Pennsylvania is 18, and is then independent of his or her parents. Emancipation can also occur before a minor reaches the age of ...

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Awarding Child Custody in PA: Standards Used by the Court

Posted in: Custody & Visitation, General

Pennsylvania’s Child Custody law applies to married parents, married but separated parents, and parents who have never been married. The law may also apply to biological and non-biological parents. In 2011 Pennsylvania amended the legal standard for awarding child custody ...

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Same-Sex Custody Disputes: How to Protect the Children

Posted in: Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships, Custody & Visitation, Premarital & Cohabitation Agreements

On May 27, 2013, in Middletown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Lauren Daly was arrested for shooting her former partner in the heat of a custody dispute over one of their children.  Dr. Daly and her partner have shared custody of their 11-year-old son ...

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PA Supreme Court Abolishes Parenting Coordinators: What Happens Next?

Posted in: Custody & Visitation, Divorce

Until recently, separated and divorced parents in Pennsylvania could rely on a new, popular program to help facilitate joint custody arrangements.  Until the change this past April, Pennsylvania was one of an increasing number of states to permit its courts ...

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Child Custody Rights of Single Parents in PA

Posted in: Custody & Visitation

Whether through divorce, by the conclusion of a relationship that bore children but no marriage, or by any other reason that you may end up a single parent, facing custody concerns can be daunting.  To say that significant issues could ...

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Does the Primary Caretaker Get Custody Preference in PA Courts? Not Any More!

Posted in: Custody & Visitation

Who gets custody of the children after a marriage ends may be one of the most complicated issues a divorcing couple has to face. Not so very long ago, the parent who spent the most time caring for a child ...

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Protecting Your Child from International Parental Abduction

Posted in: Custody & Visitation

There are some things we do not want to think about when we should: pre-nuptial agreements when we have just become engaged; purchasing cemetery plots when we are alive and well; or that our marriage may one day end in ...

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Child Testimony in Pennsylvania Custody Cases

Posted in: Custody & Visitation

A child custody proceeding can take many forms, and it can happen for a number of reasons. Although the most common reasons include divorce and separation, a custody proceeding can also follow paternity questions, abuse or neglect allegations, deaths of ...

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