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Category Archives: Child Custody

When Does a Child’s Preference Matter in Determining Custody?

Deciding where children will live and with whom can be one of the most difficult issues in a divorce, for everyone involved. A judge will make the initial decision regarding both legal custody (the authority to make important decisions about the child’s welfare) and physical custody (which determines where the child will actually live and… Read More »

New Laws Help Parents of Opioid-Addicted Adults Care for Grandchildren

The opioid crisis has impacted countless families in Pennsylvania. Many adults seeking recovery from addiction have children in their care, and new legislation is lending a hand to grandparents who want to step in and help. Pennsylvania estimates that about 82,000 grandparents have taken on sole caregiver duties for 89,000 grandchildren, saving the state more… Read More »

Pennsylvania Enacts New Rules for Parenting Coordination Plans

Raising a child can be difficult and even more challenging when parents live in separate homes. Simple aspects of daily care, such as who will pick a child up from school, can turn into arguments. Problems may also arise when one parent wants to bypass a custody agreement, such as by taking the child on… Read More »

An Overview of Grandparents’ Rights in Pennsylvania

Parents who are separated or divorced have certain rights regarding the ability to visit and raise their children, and those rights are protected by the U.S. Constitution. What about grandparents? Do they also have certain rights in this regard when it comes to seeing their beloved grandchildren? The fact is that there is no federal… Read More »

What Rules Does Pennsylvania Set for Child Custody Arrangements?

Parents do not always have to go to court to get a child custody arrangement if they are able to work out such an arrangement themselves. This agreement must include sound custody terms and decision-making guidelines. However, a court will establish its own custody order if the parents cannot agree on a parenting plan. The… Read More »

Do Grandparents Have Custody Rights in Pennsylvania?

Grandparents often fall victim to circumstances within their children’s families that disrupt their relationship with their grandchildren, so they turn to the courts for a legal remedy. Grandparents do not enjoy the same presumptive rights to custody or visitation that parents do, but depending on the facts of the case, they may have statutory rights…. Read More »

What Is the Difference Between Physical Custody and Legal Custody in Pennsylvania?

Child custody can be a complex issue, not only because of the emotional ties between parents and their children but also because of the types of rights and responsibilities at stake and the types of custody possible. The discussion starts with understanding how Pennsylvania Code Rule 1915.1 defines the two kinds of custody under the… Read More »