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.
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.
Individuals in Pennsylvania who are divorcing may want to consider using a mediator to negotiate issues such as child custody, support and property division. While mediation is not the right solution for every couple, in some cases, it can be less expensive and less stressful than a divorce that takes place in a courtroom between two adversarial parties.
As many Pennsylvania residents who have gone through one likely know, divorce is not only emotionally difficult but can also be very expensive. While there is a common perception that lawyers are responsible for the high cost of divorce, the truth is that couples have a great deal of control over the cost of the process. Essentially, the more quickly a couple can agree on the issues in their divorce, such as alimony, child support, child custody and property division, the less the divorce will cost.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When a Pennsylvania court is handling a child custody portion of a divorce proceeding, the primary consideration is the best interests of the child. The court weighs factors that affect the safety of the child, whether the child would require relocation and the child's school situation, among other considerations. In addition to interviewing the child's parents, the court may also speak with the child or a representative of the child to glean information regarding custody and visitation rights.
Philadelphia parents may be interested in some information about who can apply for child custody and what types of custody are available. Depending on the family situation, different types of custody may be ordered by a court.