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Child Custody Archives

How courts handle the wishes of children in custody disputes

Child custody decisions in Pennsylvania and around the country are based on what is considered by family law judges to be in the best interests of the children who are the subject of the matter. Judges take a number of factors into consideration when applying this doctrine, and the wishes of the children involved will generally be one of these factors. In Pennsylvania, judges must consider the well-reasoned opinions of the children involved in custody and visitation disputes based on their maturity and the soundness of their judgment.

Why child custody orders get changed

Pennsylvania parents may ask the family court to modify their current child custody arrangements if they believe that they have valid reasons. However, people should be aware that the court will closely examine the petitioning parents' arguments and is always obligated to make decisions based on the best interests of the children.

Preparing for a child custody battle

Pennsylvania parents who are ending their marriages and who want custody of their children might want to first try to compromise with each other. Court custody battles can be lengthy, expensive and stressful. If parents can avoidthem by agreeing to joint custody or finding another solution, they may be more satisfied with the outcome. However, if this is not possible, there are things a parent can do to prepare for a fight over custody.

Scarlett Johannson files for divorce, custody dispute looming

Pennsylvania movie fans may be interested to learn that, on March 7, actress Scarlett Johansson filed for divorce from her French husbad. The two announced that they had separated in January after less than two years of marriage. They have a 2-year-old daughter together.

How to help children through a divorce

Pennsylvania parents who are ending their marriage might be concerned about how their children will react to the situation. If possible, parents should be together when they talk to their children about it. Primarily, they should reassure their children that they are loved. When children have questions, parents should answer in a way that promotes a sense of security.

The role of the parenting agreement

Pennsylvania couples who are divorcing and who have young children will need to put together a parenting agreement that address child custody and visitation as well as other aspects of parenting. Issues included in the parenting agreement may include what kind of contact the child will have with relatives and other third parties, how the child will spend holidays and how to handle conflicts. Parents may also include more detailed information in the agreement.

Protecting children from the emotional trauma of divorce

Even the most acrimonious of divorcing couples in Pennsylvania may be able to lay their disagreements to rest during child custody and visitation discussions. While divorcing parents often have very different ideas about what is fair when they talk about property division or alimony, they are generally able to accept that they both want what is best for their children. For most couples, shielding their children from the emotional fallout of the divorce is a top priority.