November 25, 2015

Change Child Custody

Child custody may need to be changed in some situations. A variety of different reasons exist for altering or amending a child custody order. Amending a child custody order necessitates satisfying certain requirements set forth in Pennsylvania family law. Change Child Custody: Material Change of Circumstances A child needs consistency in life. Consequently, the decision […]

March 20, 2014

Relocating with Children Post-Separation

When clients finish the process of divorce after years of difficulty in marriage, the prospect of starting a new life can be exciting and nerve wracking. That new job, the opportunity for change, and really getting to know yourself are common “bright sides” to divorce. For those with kids, the feeling of full opportunity can […]

March 11, 2014

Contempt Charges in Child Custody Cases

Child custody is often the most emotionally challenging aspect of the separation and divorce process. Custody can become a dangerous and manipulative game – and the best interests of the children fade out of focus. Contempt charges in child custody cases may be filed against a parent in violation of a custody order; sanctions for […]

August 9, 2012

Modifying Custody | Best interests of the child

What does the law mean by best interests of the child? Section 5338 of the Child Custody Act, 23 Pa.C.S. § 5321 et seq., implements changes to requests to modify existing custody orders. That section provides that, upon petition, a trial court may modify a custody order if it serves the best interests of the […]

August 3, 2012

When a parent wants to relocate with shared custody

What is the Child Custody Act and how is custody determined? Section 5337 of the recently enacted Child Custody Act, 23 Pa.C.S. § 5321 et seq., alters the legal standards that a trial court must consider when ruling on a request to relocate with shared custody. Under prior practice, trial courts considered relocation requests based […]