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Child Custody Archives

Can you move with your child after a divorce?

Divorced parents in Pennsylvania may not necessarily want to stay in the same city or even the same state after the split is finalized. At Louis WM Martini JR PC, we take a look at all of the potential scenarios in which you may be allowed to relocate with your child after a divorce.

What's looked at when determining custody?

Pennsylvanian parents like you will have a lot on your plate if you're dealing with issues of both divorce and child custody simultaneously. At Louis WM Martini JR PC, emphasis is placed on learning the ins and outs of the child custody process. This will likely help you brace yourself for what's ahead on your own divorce journey.

New studies favor shared custody arrangements for children

Pennsylvania parents who are going through a divorce often fear the impact it will have on their children. Many try to reduce the stress on the kids in any way possible, while simultaneously the time each parent has with their children can become a pain point in divorce proceedings. New studies favor splitting the time children have between parents as the healthiest option.

The benefits of joint custody

When divorcing parents in Pennsylvania are trying to determine who will get custody of the child, there may be some difficulties in determining if one parent will get sole custody or if both will get joint custody. Which one is better for a child, and which one suits the unique circumstances of their families?

Supporting the children through a divorce

As parents across Pennsylvania know, taking care of children is not always easy. Providing attention, love, and support to children can become more difficult when dealing with the anger and frustration that often accompany a divorce. Yet, as the Washington Post explains, successfully parenting through a divorce can keep the child feeling safe and loved, even as his or her world changes dramatically.

Co-parenting for the benefit of the kids

Parents in Pennsylvania who have gotten divorced and now need to learn how to work with their former spouses to raise their kids face many unique challenges indeed. Co-parenting may be difficult at times but when both parents put the focus clearly on the children, it may be a bit easier.

Grandparents raising grandchildren in opioid crisis

As more and more families across the nation face the problems of addiction that are part and parcel of the opioid epidemic, more Pennsylvania grandparents are raising their grandchildren. WPXI reports that a hearing was held in Harrisburg to address the issues many grandparents are facing to keep their grandchildren safe while also dealing with their children, the parents, who are addicts. While most of these grandparents willingly step in to help, many do not have the financial means to be paying to raise children again, and they did not save for a retirement that included raising their grandchildren. There is no money set aside to help these families who are not using the foster system, and future expenses like college are a real concern as well.

How can I tell my kids about a divorce?

Have you and your spouse been discussing getting divorced in Pennsylvania? Maybe you have even made the final decision to end your marriage. Either way, if you have children together, you will need to figure out how and when to tell them about this major chang in their lives. Ideally, the two of you can do this together and will reinforce a consistent message to your kids. Psychology Today provides some guidance for parents who need to know just how they should approach this.

Pennsylvania child custody law in brief

Whenever two parents split, whether their marriage is ending or they never married and just want to go separate ways, one of the biggest issues they face is how to work out details related to the children. Some may have preconceived notions about how Pennsylvania courts handle such matters and fear that the relationships they cherish with their children will suffer.

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