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.
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.
Families deciding to adopt children is becoming a more common choice. Many parents believe that adopting is a wonderful thing to do for society and a meaningful experience in itself. However, it can be difficult to understand the process as well as to know how to start the journey as a family. The following are some things to consider before you start your adoption journey.
Hundreds of thousands of parents across the country rear their children alongside their former partner or spouse. It's becoming more common than ever to co-parent. With this trend comes the broader availability of tools and resources for co-parents.
The child support system was created with only the best intentions for children of the United States, and offers a vital way to ensure consistency in support for all children, especially the most vulnerable. However, like most things, it is far from perfect. Today, it could be said that the system makes life difficult for fathers, especially when they are struggling with a low income. However, being aware of the faults in the system can help fathers to be prepared for the challenges that they will face.
You might have heard the terminology "collaborative divorce" and have been immediately put off by the thought that you and your ex could ever see eye-to-eye on anything. You may be especially skeptical about the prospect that you could ever reach an amicable resolution to something as emotionally-charged as the end to your marriage.
Father's Day can be one of the most difficult holidays for divorced dads. The first Father's Day after the divorce can be particularly challenging, especially if the dad isn't the custodial parent. He may not feel worthy of celebration. He may not even be able to get to be with his kids for the day.
Northwestern Pennsylvania has seen its share of casualties from the opiate epidemic just like the rest of the country.
For almost every couple going through it, a divorce is going to be stressful. Even if you and your soon-to-be ex agree on most things, you are likely thinking about money, child custody, the time commitment and what life will be like in the future.