If you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce, deciding who will have custody of your children may be one of your biggest concerns. In the past, courts may have been more inclined to award primary physical custody to the child's mother, but that is no longer the case. Nowadays, the courts are solely focused on doing what is best for the child.
Divorce and separation can be full of contentious issues, but possibly the most contentious is child custody. Parents always have strong feelings about where their children should live and how they should be brought up. While sometimes parents in Pennsylvania can agree about how child custody should be handled, other times they need help from mediators or the court. This blog post will provide a quick introduction to how child custody issues are handled by family law courts.
For many Pennsylvania families, the holidays are a time of being together and making memories. For others, it is a season that often emphasizes a couple's need or desire to move forward with the divorce process. This is one of the many reasons why divorce filings spike in January. If a couple is preparing to end their marriage, it may be helpful to go ahead and start considering important issues, such as child custody.
Pennsylvania parents may find comfort in learning about Nicole Curtis' experience with the father of her son over the recent Thanksgiving holiday. She and the father of her son have recently come to an agreement on child custody of their 3-year-old son, of whom they currently share custody. Curtis claims that her son's father is not flexible with holiday time with their son.
As portrayed on the hit cable television show, "Splitting Up Together," some divorcing couples are choosing to live together following a divorce when a couple shares children. Reasons vary for Pennsylvania parents choosing to bird nest, including finances, convenience with sharing child custody and little disruption of a child's daily routine. A woman in another state recently wrote how her parent's living arrangements following their divorce impacted her over the years.
Couples in Pennsylvania and all across the country have chosen to attempt a living arranging called bird nesting during and after a divorce. The trend is often appealing to parents who believe they can amicably co-parent following a divorce. When couples decide to bird nest, the family home continues to be shared for a period of time following a divorce to allow children to have a consistent home and be the least disrupted by a divorce. Couples execute the concept of bird nesting in different ways, including reality television housewife Gina Kirschenheiter of the "Real Housewives of Orange County."
There are a lot of things to take into consideration when contemplating divorce. Individuals often worry about finances, living circumstances and the well-being of their children. Parents in Pennsylvania may be interested in Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg's book, "Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings." Several principles may help parents assist their children through expected changes that come with divorce and child custody.
It is common for parents to disagree over the care and decisions of children. When parents do not live together or are not in a unified co-parenting relationship, it is understandably easy to disagree on the ways a child should be raised. Often, families must seek the advice and assistance of a family law attorney in Pennsylvania to intervene in child custody or support issues. As in one custody case in a nearby state, cases can be contentious and complicated.
Unfortunately, marriage disagreements do not always end when a divorce becomes final. Disagreements and the need for a family law attorney can extend well past a divorce, especially when children are involved. Pennsylvania residents anticipating a divorce and/or child custody discussion in their future may be interested in Bethenny Frankel's personal custody battle with her former husband two years following their divorce.
There are multiple reasons couples in Pennsylvania may decide that a divorce is in their best interest. Some may divorce due to affairs, debt, gambling, addiction or lying. Some simply do not share the type of love to maintain a healthy marriage and instead wish to live separate lives. There are often multiple questions from friends and family members, and some questions may be difficult to answer. Couples may find the most difficult questions to answer about their pending divorce and child custody will come from their own children.