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Four tips if you are expecting a child custody battle

Child custody battles often happen when parents cannot agree and will not accept a compromise. For instance, both parents want sole custody, and neither one will agree to a joint custody plan that keeps them both involved. In the end, the court will likely have to rule to decide where the kids will live.

Regaining Custody of Your Child in Pennsylvania

Going through the loss of the custody of your child is a heart-breaking process. As a parent, it can be traumatic because it is something that you probably felt powerless to prevent. Whatever the reason for you losing custody of your child, it is important to remember that situations change, and when they do, it is possible and very realistic to gain back custody.

Is joint custody good for my child?

It is becoming an increasingly popular trend in both Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States to award joint custody to parents. This is because the courts usually see it as beneficial for a child to have good relationships with both parents.

What are some of the advantages of mediation and a collaborative divorce?

The day that you and your spouse plan to split up is drawing ever closer. You have been looking into your divorce options, and you're interested in mediation. You want to know what advantages it holds over going to court.

How do the courts decide on child custody cases?

Deciding on child custody cases can be a complex process; however, there is one clear standard that all judges abide to. This is that all child custody cases must rule in the best interests of the child in question. Therefore, there are a great deal of investigative processes that can occur to ensure that this standard is being kept.

How are child support payments calculated?

For divorcing parents, a primary concern may be the cost of child support. In Pennsylvania, child support is a source of income for many families. Over half a million children are recorded on the state’s child support caseload records and in the 2014 fiscal year, the Pennsylvania Child Support Program (PCSP) collected and distributed $1.3 billion in child support. The average amount of a child support payment in Pennsylvania is $421 per month, which is slightly lower than the national average of $481 per month.