Category: Custody

Apr
25
2019

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 […]

Mar
04
2019

PATERNITY:  A FATHER’S RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

When a child is born to unmarried parents, the hospital or other “birthing center” must provide the birth parents with an opportunity to sign an acknowledgment of paternity, with an explanation of the parental rights and duties associated with the acknowledgment.  If an acknowledgment is not signed, a court may determine a man to be […]

  • By: Judith Homan
  • Filed Under: Custody
Jan
14
2019

GRANDPARENTS AND THIRD-PARTY CUSTODY RIGHTS

When parents are unavailable or unable to take care of their own children, it is up to family such as grandparents and friends to step in and help.   The law in Pennsylvania has changed again to make it easier for others to have the legal right to get custody of children who are not their […]

Sep
17
2018

CHILD SUPPORT FOR PARENTS WITH HIGH INCOME

Child support in Pennsylvania is calculated based primarily on the number of children and the net incomes of the parents.  The general child support rule, located at Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure (R.C.P.) 1910 provides that the parents’ combined monthly net income shall be used to determine the basic child support amount, calculated accordance with […]

Sep
07
2018

BACK TO SCHOOL:  CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

It’s back to school time!  Now is the best time to meet with the teachers and administrators to make sure they know you and the importance of your interest in your child’s education and disabilities. The father and the mother have a right to communicate with school representatives to keep updated with their child’s progress, […]

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). […]