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Child Custody Archives

How substance abuse can affect child custody

When a Pennsylvania couple with young children chooses to part ways and is having a custody dispute, there are many factors that go into which parent will receive legal custody and what the visitation rights for the other parent will be. One common reason why a parent might not receive custody is if there is substance abuse or other personal problems.

Increased attention given to shared parenting benefits

Pennsylvania families dealing with child custody issues after a divorce may realize that it can be challenging to reach an agreement that ideally meets the needs of all parties involved. However, the idea of shared parenting is gaining in popularity as states across the country have introduced legislation to provide for more balanced parenting time. This movement is backed by research that indicates that equal parenting time is one of the most effective strategies for minimizing the negative impact of divorce on children.

Court orders Kelly Rutherford's kids back to U.S.

Pennsylvania residents may have heard that a California court has ordered the ex-husband of actress Kelly Rutherford to return the couple's two children to the United States and place them in her custody. The children have been living with her estranged spouse in France for a few years.

Reality television star may seek custody of one of his 8 children

The Pennsylvania-based reality television show 'Jon and Kate Plus 8" was renamed 'Kate Plus 8" after the titular couple went through a contentious divorce in 2009. While Jon Gosselin may no longer appear on the rebooted program, he continues to be fodder for celebrity gossip columnists. The 38-year-old father was in the news again in May 2015 when reports emerged that he was contemplating a legal action to obtain custody of one of his eight children.

International child abduction by parents remains a problem

Pennsylvania parents may not know that 8,000 children were abducted by their parents between 2008 and 2013 and taken to another country in violation of a custody order. According to the U.S. State Department, parental abductions happen to more than 1,000 children annually. Foreign abductions can be particularly difficult to pursue. There can be obstacles even with countries that have signed onto the applicable Hague convention regarding international child abductions, and travel back and forth for parents pursuing a case can be expensive.

Mediation and domestic violence in child custody cases

Some Pennsylvania parents who have been the victims of domestic violence may find themselves embroiled in a child custody dispute with their abuser. It is important for them to inform the court in order to receive adequate protection throughout their cases. Doing so can also help protect the child's health, welfare and safety.

Michigan man may be jailed for non-support of a child that isn't his

A 1/24/2015 news story out of Michigan tells the story of a man who might be jailed for non-support of a child NOT HIS! There are many questions not answered by the news account. The takeaway question is: Can this happen to you in Pennsylvania --or to the man in your life? At Goldman Law Offices, we can show you how to avoid this dilemma--and other Family Law problems.

Custody Relocation

Planning to move to a new residence? Before signing a lease or agreement of sale for the new residence, you should review any Pennsylvania order that governs the custody of your children to determine whether the move would be considered a "relocation" by the court.

International Abduction

Are you concerned that the other parent may abduct your child to another country? The first step to prevention is to read the United States Department of State's website ( http://travel.state.gov) where you can find a wealth of information about passport applications and abductions to and from the United States.

Child custody and the Pennsylvania court system

In Philadelphia, parents may file for one of two forms of child custody, namely, legal and physical. While physical custody gives a parent the right to spend time with their child, legal custody entitles them to make independent decisions about their children's lives. This seems straightforward, but the determinations courts use to decide whether or not to award specific forms of custody are not always as clear-cut.