How Child Support Differs for Special Needs Children in Pennsylvania

Posted on March 12th, 2020 in Child Custody/Support

When it comes to financial obligations in place for divorcing couples, there is a lot to consider when it comes to child support. Pennsylvania uses the “income shares” model for calculating child support, which looks at the income and various other factors to determine monthly support payments. One factor many families do not realize is […]

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Can My Child Refuse Visitation?

Posted on March 5th, 2020 in Child Custody/Support

Divorce can complicate a child’s feelings towards one parent or the other. This can make it difficult for you as a parent to see your child upset when it comes time to visit your ex. But can your child refuse visitation with their parent? We’re here to break it down. The Importance of Visitation Pennsylvania […]

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Can Medical Marijuana Use Impact Child Custody?

Posted on February 27th, 2020 in Child Custody/Support

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf legalized medical marijuana on April 6, 2016. On February 15, 2018, medical marijuana was available for patients at dispensaries across the commonwealth. But with marijuana still not legal on a federal level, what does this mean for child custody cases? Under Pennsylvania Health and Safety Statute §10231.2013, the fact that an […]

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Supreme Court Hears Family Law Case

Posted on December 17th, 2019 in Child Custody/Support

A family law case has made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. An American woman and her estranged Italian husband are undergoing a custody battle for their child. The problem? This child was born in Italy, removed from the country with her mother, and taken to Ohio. There are layers to this case. The […]

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Domestic Violence Support for Adolescent on Parent Abuse

Posted on December 11th, 2019 in Child Custody/Support

Domestic violence is a huge issue across the country. In Pennsylvania, 123 victims died from domestic violence incidents in 2018 and 67% of those individuals were killed by a former or current intimate partner.  But domestic violence is not just an issue for intimate partners. Families across the country are facing domestic violence incidents by […]

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Opioid Crisis Leaves Grandparents Taking On the Role of Parents

Posted on November 29th, 2019 in Child Custody/Support

According to recent congressional estimates, approximately 2.5 million grandparents have found themselves back in the role of primary caregiver because of the opioid crisis. “Drugs or alcohol are now implicated in 37.4 percent of child transfers out of parental care, up from 25.4 percent in 2009,” explains a November 11th article in the Harvard Political […]

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Unmarried Parents: Who Gets Custody?

Posted on November 12th, 2019 in Child Custody/Support

Parents that decide to separate have made a hard decision that affects both their lives and the children they’ve had together. But deciding who ultimately gets custody and is responsible for them financially is dependent on how well they get along and if they can agree upon a resolution. If not, then it will be […]

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Can Parental Alienation Determine Custody?

Posted on November 8th, 2019 in Child Custody/Support

Parental alienation occurs when one parent isolates a child from the other parent through manipulation, usually through words or actions. The child may feel fear of discipline or guilt due to this parent’s abuse, and make no mistake, this is child abuse. Often, if a pattern of parental alienation is established it can determine a […]

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How Joint Custody Impacts Where a Child Attends School

Posted on April 1st, 2019 in Child Custody/Support

If two Pennsylvania parents have joint physical custody and live in separate residences, they may have questions as to where their child will attend school. If a parenting plan was agreed on and put into place at the time of the divorce, issues regarding the child’s education likely were decided at that time and the parenting […]

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Helping Grandparents Who are Seeking Visitation Rights

Posted on March 4th, 2019 in Child Custody/Support

When a grandparent is unable to spend time with their grandchild, they may experience an incredible amount of emotional pain. Furthermore, the estrangement of a grandparent can also have a negative impact on children. In Scranton, Pennsylvania, people who are facing these challenges firsthand should make sure they explore all avenues and remain committed to […]

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