Category: Custody

Feb
13
2018

IS DRUG USE WHILE PREGNANT CONSIDERED CHILD ABUSE?

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that illegal drug use by a woman while pregnant could be considered child abuse after the child is born. If a child is born with injuries caused by the mother’s use of drugs, the baby could be defined as an abused child under the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). […]

Sep
07
2017

SCHOOL and LEGAL CUSTODY

It’s back to school time. Does the school know you and your legal rights? If you are divorced or separated, you might be interested in some legal information and reminders to help make the beginning of the school year go smoothly. The information contained in this article is not legal advice, and you should consult […]

Mar
17
2017

Custody & Visitation Rights – Incarcerated Parents

Judges in Pennsylvania are required to consider sixteen factors when deciding the custody schedule that is in the best interest of a child. These relevant factors are listed in 23 Pa. C.S. §5328(a). All of the factors “which legitimately have an effect upon the child’s physical, intellectual, moral and spiritual well-being” are said to be […]

Nov
04
2016

Grandparent Custody Act: Supreme Court rules part unconstitutional

The most important, first step is to learn whether you have “standing” to request grandparent custody. “Standing” means the legal right to ask the court for custody. Informally, think of it as “getting your foot in the door” to get “a bite at the apple.” It is only possible to seek custody of grandchildren under […]

Oct
04
2016

Child Return following Removal | International Custody Law

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction provides a method for petitioning for child return following removal from his or her “habitual residence” to another country. However, the Convention only applies in signatory countries listed here. In an interesting decision earlier this week, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals decided whether the […]

Apr
25
2016

Parental Alienation Awareness Day – 4/25

Parental Alienation, sometimes known as Hostile Aggressive Parenting, is behavior by a parent which could cause alienation in the relationship between a child and the other parent. Parental Alienation occurs most often in divorce and custody disputes, where a child may be turned against a parent by a series of actions or statements by the […]