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Child Custody Archives

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.

Avoiding conflict during child custody exchanges

For divorcing parents in Pennsylvania, settling on a child custody and visitation arrangement is often the central issue in the divorce proceeding. When parents part ways, they must have a plan for sharing parenting time. The pick-ups and drop-offs that will be necessary to fulfill the parenting plan must be arranged as well. If parents do not get along with each other, there is a great potential for conflict during child custody exchanges.

When is reasonable visitation a good option?

Philadelphia parents who are going through a divorce and who are determining custody have different visitation options to consider, and each particular situation will determine which option is best for the family. For some couples, a judge might establish that the non-custodial parent is entitled to reasonable visitation. In this case, the relationship between the ex-spouses is very central to making the visitation schedule work.

How to resolve parenting conflicts after divorce

Pennsylvania parents who are divorced might run into disagreements about issues regarding their children. When these conflicts are about issues like children's activities, litigation is often not the best choice. It can be expensive, and judges may resist being dragged into such conflicts. Parents may want to look into other options if they cannot resolve the conflict by talking to one another.