Category Archives: Custody
What Are Your Options If The Other Parent Does Not Return A Child From A Custody Visit?
It can be incredibly difficult and frustrating if the other parent refuses to return a child after a custody visit. However, if you have a Custody Order or written Custody Agreement in place, there are steps you can take to remedy the situation. If the other parent refuses to return your child, or refuses… Read More »
GIVING YOUR BEST TESTIMONY IN A CUSTODY CASE
It’s important that you communicate to the judge the kind of relationship you have with your children. You may be the best parent in the world, but if you can’t effectively describe this, you probably will not do as well as you desire in your case. Some witnesses verbalize better than others. If you… Read More »
SUPPORT AND CUSTODY MATTERS
In Pennsylvania, actions for support and custody usually occur as separate and distinct proceedings. In fact, these actions may each be heard by a different decision maker. Local rules governing these procedures vary from county to county. Support. Contested support proceedings usually begin with a conference before a Domestic Relations Officer. The conference is… Read More »
What If Parents Don’t Agree On Whether Children Should Return To School During Covid?
Choices that affect a child’s education are some of the most important decisions that parents make. Before Covid-19, parents often argued over things like whether to send their children to private school, or whether a child should miss a month of school in order to attend a special baseball camp. In the era of… Read More »
Frozen Embryos – The Intersection Of Technology And Child Custody In Pennsylvania
New technology continues to alter the legal landscape in Pennsylvania. One of the most notable examples in the context of family law is the rise of assisted reproduction technology. This might not be the most common way to conceive in the modern era, but it is gaining popularity. Couples and individuals may decide to… Read More »
What is the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and Why Might it Matter to my Pennsylvania Case?
We get many questions about the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), especially from parents who move to Pennsylvania or ones who intend on moving to another state. Although it may seem complicated to understand, we will break it down here to the most basic concepts. What is the UCCJEA? This is… Read More »
Do Grandparents have rights in Pennsylvania?
Normally, in custody disputes, the custody action remains between the parents of the children. However, more and more, an increasing number of third parties are stepping in and petitioning courts for some type of custody of the children. These third parties are most often family members, and quite frequently they are the grandparents. If… Read More »
Common Child Custody Questions in Pennsylvania
What is child custody? Pennsylvania law sets forth two types of child custody: legal and physical. Legal custody is the right to make major decisions on behalf of the child. These decisions would include topics relating to medical, religious and educational determinations. Physical custody is the physical possession and control of the child. What… Read More »
What Should I Do if My Ex Won’t Abide by the Custody Order?
Custody orders can be the result of parents consenting to a custody arrangement or the court ordering a custody schedule. In Pennsylvania, there are two categories of custody to consider: legal and physical. Legal custody is the right to make major decisions on behalf of the child, including, but not limited to, medical, religious… Read More »
Preparation for a Custody Hearing
Entering a courtroom can be quite intimidating if it is not something you do on a regular basis. That anxiety is exponentially compounded when you are one of the parties in the case and sitting up at the table in front of everyone. In addition to the anxiety and stress you are feeling, other… Read More »