In Pennsylvania, parents may split custody of children in several ways. For example, both parents may want to have an equal amount of time with their children, and may decide shared custody is the best approach for them. This would allow each parent to have the children for 50% of the time. For other parents, this type of schedule might not work. One parent may take primary custody of the children while the other has partial custody. This would allow the children to spend more than half of the time with one parent, while still being able to see the other parent on a regular basis.
In Pennsylvania, child custody is determined based on what is in the best interests of the child. Courts take many factors into consideration, including the stability of each parent, the parent's mental and physical fitness, potential substance abuse of parents, history of domestic violence, and the parent's morality and character.
Are there new developments on the horizon for Pennsylvania Child Custody Laws?
Election Day is tomorrow, and our Pittsburgh family law attorneys remind you to go out and vote in this year's Presidential Election! Voting for a Presidential candidate is a big choice to make, and one that should not be taken lightly. In our day-to-day lives, we are faced with many big choices. Some of the most important decisions we make involve our family members and loved ones.
Arguably one of the most popular television shows in recent years, Modern Family allows viewers a glimpse into the family life of fictional characters, but these families are hardly "traditional." The show centers around 3 very different families: one is a same sex couple who has adopted, another is an older man married to an immigrant with a young child, and the third centers around a family with a father who struggles with maintaining his head-of-the-family role while still not quite having "grown up" himself. Sitcoms in the past, like Full House, Family Matters, The Cosby Show, The Brady Bunch, and even Leave it to Beaver from the 50's, were centered on strong family values, and allowed the viewer some laughs too. However, Modern Family, while still demonstrating some family values, is more focused on the emotions that a family experiences. The characters of the show have their "out of character" moments when they speak directly into the camera and let their emotions and thoughts out.
While the beginning of a new school year is cause for many parents to celebrate, the new year can present a fresh set of obstacles for parents sharing custody of their children. Whether you're newly separated or custody sharing veterans, making a shared custody arrangement work smoothly during the school year is no small feat. Here are 3 tips to get the school year off to a good start when your family is dealing with divorce: