Some fathers may not keep up child support payments because they cannot afford the amount ordered and they are unaware that it is possible to get modifications made. A documentary by the filmmaker Rel Dowdell, "Where's Daddy?", examines the child support system and its affect on African-American fathers in particular. Dowdell interviewed a number of fathers in Pennsylvania to find out what their experience had been in this regard.
Pennsylvania parents who are getting a divorce might wonder whether shared parenting might be too disruptive for their children, but research shows that this is not the case. Studies indicate that as long as there are no serious issues such as abuse or neglect, after divorce, children benefit most from joint physical custody.
Parents in Pennsylvania who are getting a divorce should be aware that there are multiple arrangements available regarding child custody. It is important that they understand what their options are before agreeing to child custody terms that are unfair.
When Pennsylvania parents of young children decide to file for divorce, this can be a difficult time. Divorcing spouses may be committed in principle and in their hearts to the best interests of their children, but animosity and tensions that arise through the process can add to an already-stressful situation. However, working together to develop a co-parenting plan can be an important part of fostering a close relationship between the children and both of their parents after a divorce.
Legislatures across the country are responding to developments in the way Americans view traditional parenting roles. Lobbying efforts from fathers' rights organizations have been at the forefront of a movement to make equal parenting time the starting point for child custody arrangements in divorce litigation. At least 20 state legislatures are considering changes to laws that have historically been interpreted to favor mothers over fathers in custody disputes.
There are misconceptions about divorced fathers not being a significant part of their children's lives after the separation. The truth is that many divorced fathers in Pennsylvania and the rest of nation desire to be actively involved in their children's lives post-divorce. However, it is necessary that they know what to do to obtain the child custody, co-parenting and visitation terms that can help ensure a strong level of involvement.
When divorced parents have shared custody of their children, setting common house rules can often be difficult. However, agreeing on common house rules can make the transition easier for the kids. As such, it is imperative that parents in Pennsylvania attempt to work together to agree on what shared house rules they will have.
Those going through divorce in Pennsylvania might benefit from a child custody model that emphasizes both parents' relationships with the children. Shared parenting, a model that is popular around the world but is just gaining traction in the United States, focuses on providing both parents with equal time and decision-making authority in relation to their children.
The legal parent of a child in Pennsylvania has the right to make decisions for their child. However, those rights may be terminated if a parent breaks the law or otherwise puts his or her child in danger. Furthermore, fathers may lose their rights if they don't establish paternity.
Fewer Pennsylvania fathers may be the sole breadwinner in the family compared to the past, but fathers are spending more time on child care according to a 2015 survey by Pew Research Group. In 1970, the father was the breadwinner in almost half of couples with children, but by 2015, that number had dropped to just over one-quarter. However, fathers in 2015 reported devoting seven hours per week to child care, and this was three times as much as 1965.