Pennsylvania parents involved in child custody disputes may be sensitive to the needs of their children, but individuals in the court system do not always have training in how to interview children about potentially difficult subjects. Now, the section of the state bar association that focuses on family law has created a video to educate professionals and others about the best approaches to questioning children in custody cases.
If a Pennsylvania married couple conceives a child, the legal presumption will be that the husband is the father of the child. Men who conceive a child out of wedlock may be required to make a showing to a family law court that they did in fact father that child, and men may also request paternity tests if they are trying to establish their rights to child custody or visitation. A pre-birth paternity test determined that Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George fathered a child with a woman whom he met in Florida, but the basketball player is questioning the accuracy of the test.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.