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Fathers rights loophole tightened in new bill

A bill that has passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would make it harder for those who became fathers through rape to have custody or visitation rights to their children. The bill would also enable the mother of a child conceived through rape to ask for financial assistance from the father without granting any further rights to that child. Under current law, a parent is unable to get child support if other parental rights have been terminated.Under state law, if a parent is convicted of rape, that could be used as a basis to deny the custodial or other parental rights of that parent. While the best interest of a child are always taken into consideration when making a child custody decision, it was not until January of 2011 when it officially became part of the process of determining whether or not a parent could provide a safe environment for a child.The bill will now have to be approved by the Senate in Pennsylvania before it can then be signed into law. In addition to the bill being passed in the state, there is a federal version of the bill that would make it significantly harder for rapists to gain custody or visitation rights to the children that they conceived. There are many reasons why a parent may be granted or denied child custody or other parental rights. In the case of conception through rape, a judge may deny custody because it would not be in the best interest of the child to do so. Anyone who wishes to gain sole custody of their child may want to speak to a family law attorney who may be able to review the facts in a given case to help that person potentially have his or her request granted.

Fathers want more than just weekend visits

Though Pennsylvania law is not supposed to favor one gender over the other when it comes to child custody, there are many people who feel as if father's have a more difficult time getting a fair child custody arrangement. Maybe the court believes that a child needs more time with his or her mother. Maybe the court thinks that because the mother was a stay-at-home parent that it is in the child's best interests to stay with the mother. Regardless of why, it is important that fathers, just like mothers, have their parental rights respected when it comes to child custody and support.

Mother fights for fair custody arrangement with her ex

When parents divorce or separate, they have to come up with a child custody arrangement. Unless one parent is unsafe or it is otherwise in the best interests of the children not to spend time with the parent, most parents in Pennsylvania share custody. If, for some reason, one parent is given sole custody of the child, the other parent typically has some kind of rights to visitation, either supervised or unsupervised.

Will mediation be better for you than divorce?

Even though we see and hear of marriages ending with fights, court battles and divorces that ruin any chance of former spouses ever getting along again, there are other ways to end a marriage. While mediation and collaborative law are not right for every couple, when they are appropriate, they can often lead to better divorce settlements, a more cordial post-divorce relationship with an ex. Talking with a divorce attorney may be one of the best ways to determine if mediation would work well.

Gay and lesbian parents often get less parenting time

Times are changing in Philadelphia; no longer are gays and lesbians staying in marriages because they are ashamed of coming out. That does not mean, however, that there still aren't gay men and lesbians who don't marry wives and husbands, respectively, only to realize later that they are gay. Oftentimes, these men and women have children with their former spouses, which means that they need to come up with parenting plans that allocates how much custodial time each parent has with a child.

Putting a child up for adoption without the father's consent

When a child is born in Philadelphia, the mother's name is listed on the birth certificate. If the father is present or the mother wishes to name the father, his name will also be included. Some women choose not to name the fathers, precluding them from receiving child support and from the fathers having access to or custody of their children. If no father is listed, authorities need not get the father's consent to give up his parental rights to the child if the mother wishes to put the child up for adoption. What that really means is that mothers need not ask or inform the father of their children that they are putting the children up for adoption.

Avoiding the stress of divorce makes for more productive work

Though many men and women in Bensalem likely aren't thinking about work when their marriages are falling apart, their employers might be thinking about them and their divorce. Though it may seem obvious that an employer's productivity would suffer during a divorce, many people may not realize just how much. The stress of divorce can be enough to reduce an employee's productivity by an average of 40 percent, but it is not just the person going through a divorce whose productivity is affected. Rather, more than 70 percent of employees may be operating at less-than-full productivity because of someone else's divorce.

Same-sex couple can end relationship with mediation, not divorce

Even though there are 28 same-sex couples who have filed a state lawsuit asking for a judge to overthrow Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage, lawyers from the state are actively defending the ban. If Pennsylvania does get same-sex marriage, it will be a ways off.

2.6 million households are headed by single fathers

It is hardly news to people in Bucks County that many marriages will end in divorce. While there are certainly many couples who would much rather be divorced but who will stay together for the children, divorce is also increasingly common among Pennsylvania parents, too. And, with divorce, comes child custody and visitation orders.

International child custody disputes may have gotten simpler

The greater Philadelphia area is wildly diverse, and people are moving here from across the globe. With an increasingly international and cosmopolitan population, there are more and more binational couples, or couples where one spouse is an American and one is from another country. Many of these marriages work out, but sometimes they end in divorce, which could lead to an international child custody dispute.