Grandparents are able to file a petition for partial custody or visitation. They may petition when a parent of the child has died, where the parents of the child have been separated for six months or more, or when divorce proceedings have commenced, Read More >>
Can the court require counseling for parents?
When parents are unable to communicate regarding the day-to-day needs of a child, the court can require individual counseling for each parent, counseling for the child or require the parties to attend co-parenting counseling sessions to ensure that Read More >>
Can an existing custody order be modified?
Yes. The standard for modification is best interest of the child. Therefore, an individual desiring to change an order can file a petition with the court. Read More >>
What if a party removes or intends to remove a child who is subject to a custody order from the jurisdiction?
Before an individual may remove a child from his or her jurisdiction, that person needs to obtain the consent of the other parent or court approval. In order to obtain court approval, that parent must file a relocation petition and prove several Read More >>
When will the court award shared custody?
The court may award shared custody based on four criteria. First, both parents must be capable of making child-rearing decisions and willing to provide care and love to the child. Second, both parents must be willing to have continued and active Read More >>
What will the court consider in awarding custody, partial visitation and visitation?
The basis in which courts award custody is often complicated. They take into account numerous factors in deciding custody and consider all relevant factors that could affect a child's well-being. Who the primary caretaker has been, where would Read More >>
What types of custody are recognized by the courts in Pennsylvania?
There are seven types of custody in Pennsylvania: Legal custody: The legal right to make major decisions affecting the best interest of a minor child, including medical, religious and educational decisions. Physical custody: The actual physical Read More >>