You are in the heat of your Pennsylvania divorce, and the only thing you can think about is getting out of Dodge. Although it is understandable that you would want to get a fresh start in another location -- preferably away from your ex -- this is not always the best course of action. That is especially true for couples who have children. Considering the best interests of the child is not always easy, but it should be prioritized. Here are some things to consider before you decide to take the plunge and move away with your kids.
So, your little boy or girl is all grown up, and they are set to walk the stage for their high school graduation. This is a time of celebration and joy for most families, but things can get a little tricky for those who have been sharing joint custody of their child. The truth remains that divorce is difficult for most families to navigate, and its aftereffects can be felt at many major life events. Parents of 2014 grads are therefore urged to keep their cool during the festivities; a positive attitude and compassionate demeanor can go a long way in promoting harmony within even a divorced family.
A Pennsylvania man is embroiled in a bitter custody battle after his son was allegedly placed in an adoptive home without his knowledge. The man, age 20, contends that the mother of his son intentionally concealed the fact that the child had been born. That woman is accused of fleeing to Utah to complete the adoption; dads in that state do not have the same paternity rights as those in Pennsylvania.
With all of the focus on the Sochi Olympics in Pennsylvania and other states, the spotlight has been thrust upon several American medalists. None of these athletes is more controversial in the family law community than Bode Miller, who has made headlines throughout recent months because of a vicious child custody debate. Miller, who medaled in the super-G race, was the target of a variety of personal questions during the Olympic coverage, including some inquiries into the ongoing custody battle.
It is somewhat rare to discuss women who are struggling to regain custody of their children - after all, moms are often thought of as the "responsible" parent in modern courtroom scenarios. Still, some Pennsylvania women struggle with serious addictions and other concerns that prevent them from being actively involved in their kids' lives; it just isn't in the best interests of the child. Now, though, some East Coast women are working to regain their parental rights through specialized probation programs that help them earn additional visitation rights.
Parents who are seeking appropriate medical treatment for their youngsters always have the best interests of the child at heart - right? Although it seems as though this would be a fair assumptions, cities and states sometimes feel the need to remove children from the physical custody of their parents if the young person is not receiving their definition of adequate medical treatment. Pennsylvania parents with severely ill children run the very real risk of having their parental rights suspended simply because a government official does not agree with their choices for their kids. That is what happened to another East Coast family, who is now embroiled in a custody dispute that centers around their daughter's illness.