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Child Custody Archives

Non-custodial parents can be a significant part of child’s life

It can be hard to raise your children if you have less parenting time than your ex has. As the non-custodial parent, you might feel as if your job is less important. At the law offices of Louis Wm. Martini, Jr., P.C., we understand that you want to enjoy every minute you spend with your children when you have a minimum of visiting time. We also know that you and other non-custodial parents in Pennsylvania are just as important to your children as the other parent.

When can grandparents get custody?

If you are a Pennsylvania grandparent who is concerned about the safety and/or welfare of your grandchild, you may be wondering if there is any way you can get custody of him or her. There is. Under Section 5324 of the Pennsylvania Code, you may file a petition seeking physical and/or legal custody of your grandchild if you are willing to assume responsibility for him or her and if your relationship with him or her is court-ordered or began with the consent of your grandchild’s parent(s). In addition, one of the following three conditions must be met:

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.

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