Child Custody Archives

The Role of a Guardian Ad Litem in PA Custody Cases

Sometimes, during a PA custody case, the court will appoint a Guardian ad litem ("GAL") to the case. A GAL is appointed to represent the best interest of the child. Basically, the GAL is the child's advocate. The GAL also functions as a caseworker for the child. The GAL will observe the child and report any findings back to the court just like a caseworker in a dependency case would do.

How Text Messages, Emails, and Social Media Posts can Cost you in Family Court

These days, most people communicate through some form of written communications. Whether is a text, and email, or a Facebook post, these communications can spell trouble for anyone in family court. Many people are under the impression that these types of communications can never be brought to court. This is not necessarily true. Some of these communications do in fact make their way to a judge, and this could really make or break a PA Family Court case.

Third Party Custody: Issues with School Districts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Below is a very realistic hypothetical dealing with children, custody, and school districts in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. 

Can Grandparents Participate in Custody or Dependency Proceedings in Allegheny County, PA?

To participate in custody or dependency proceedings in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, one must have what is known as standing. Standing is the term used to acknowledge a legal basis and right for an individual or individuals to sue in a court of law. For example, a biological mother always has standing to sue a biological father for custody. Her legal basis and right comes from her standing as a parent. 

Why do you need a custody order in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, custody orders between parents who are no longer or not together are an absolute must when protecting yourself and your child. 

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