Many Pennsylvania parents who go through divorces become involved in bitter custody battles. While fighting over who gets full custody of the children, parents may end up causing more damage than the fight is worth. A parent might believe that it is in their child's best interest to live with them full time, but several studies have shown that shared parenting is actually better for most children.
One of the reasons that custody battles do not always end well is that judges do not have all of the relevant information to make a sound decision. Although family court judges are supposed to make a ruling based on the child's best interests, they are only allowed to look at evidence that is legally relevant and admissible. A lot of information that could influence a judge's decision about child custody could end up being suppressed due to legal technicalities.
When parents argue over who will get full custody of the children, they could end up depleting their savings accounts and increasing the negative feelings that they already have towards each other. The stress of the situation will likely be felt by the children, especially when they are forced to voice their opinions about different parenting plans during the custody evaluation process.
A parent may have no choice but to engage in a child custody battle if their ex-spouse is refusing to communicate with them about co-parenting. When a parent is at risk of losing the right to see their children, a lawyer may be able to help them to assert their custody and visitation rights in court. A lawyer may also be able to represent a parent who is attempting to create a co-parenting plan with their ex-spouse outside of court.