Some divorced Pennsylvania parents may have been accused of parental alienation, or they may have had it practiced against them. Parental alienation occurs when one parent badmouths the other parent to a child so much that the child begins to turn against them. While the concept is becoming widely accepted within the legal system, some legal experts as well as the medical establishment are cautious about its use.
Pennsylvania parents who are divorcing a spouse who has ties with another country may be concerned about an international child abduction. The Hague Convention, which the United States is a signatory to along with more than 90 other countries, is intended to protect against international child abduction, but parents should act quickly if an abduction occurs.
It is unfortunate that some Pennsylvania fathers who have gone through a divorce find themselves in situations in which their former spouses control when and even if they can see their children. Some fathers mistakenly believe there is little they can do when the mothers prevent them from exercising their custodial and visitation rights.
A Pennsylvania couple might go through an extensive period of fighting and other negative activity before finally deciding that divorce is the best solution. However, a decision to end a marriage can still be affected by issues such as guilt, wishing that a relationship would work out, religious beliefs and the input of family members. Even with action underway, a couple might still find reasons to delay the process and try to reconcile. While some couples may succeed in salvaging their marriages, others may find that divorce is the best resolution.
Pennsylvania couples who are divorcing will likely need to create a parenting plan if they have young children. A detailed parenting plan can have a number of advantages. The time that parents spend in creating one gives them the opportunity to anticipate potential future conflicts and create a framework for resolution.
Eleven individuals were taken into custody for failing to pay a total of $126,218.63 in child support during a Feb. 3 sweep in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. One man from Ambler owed $21,521.33 for one child while another man in Glenside owed $39,615.39 in back support for another child. Overall, the 11 parents who were taken into custody owed support for 16 children.
A former co-host of the popular daytime talk show 'The View" wants her child support case heard by Pennsylvania's highest court. A judge ruled in April 2015 that Sheri Shepherd is legally and financially responsible for a child born to her ex-husband and a surrogate mother, but the former talk show co-host is unhappy with the decision and has petitioned the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to hear her appeal.
After child custody and visitation matters are over, parents are often left to work together in order to raise their children. When Pennsylvania parents keep their children's best interests in mind and work towards co-parenting, their children may be better adjusted and happier.
In Pennsylvania, a court will consider altering a child custody agreement when one of the custodial parents must fulfill a military deployment obligation. Before leaving, the military service member must petition the court alongside his or her spouse with a proposal that states who will care for the child while the parent is away.
Divorce can be a complicated, emotional process, made even more so when child custody issues are involved. The entire process can become even more complex when one of the ex-spouses decides to move to another country and take their child with them, violating custody orders and agreements. Pennsylvania residents who might be facing this situation might benefit from knowing what recourse a parent might have if their ex-spouse takes the child of the United States and refuses to return.