There's no doubt that divorce can be hard on everyone in a family - especially young children who may have trouble adjusting to their new family structure. In addition to mourning their family as they knew it, children must also often adjust to living in two separate homes where a different set of rules, expectations and standards may apply.
Spring has sprung throughout the Philadelphia metro and school-age children throughout the area are counting down the days until summer break. When it comes to summer vacations, camps, family trips and general day-to-day activities, for many parents, summer presents both opportunities and challenges. If you're a divorced or separated parent who shares child custody with an ex, summer is likely an especially hectic time.
Being a parent is undoubtedly one of the most important, challenging and rewarding roles that anyone can fulfill during their life. From changing diapers and performing round-the-clock feedings to helping with homework and drying tears after a playground fall, young children especially need and rely upon their parents for so many things. In cases where parents of a young child divorce, it's critical that they find a way to work together to continue to meet their child's needs.
Making the decision to end a marriage and go through with a divorce is never easy and many individuals spend months or even years struggling to make things work. For parents, making the decision to divorce is even more complicated as moms and dads must consider their own feelings, emotions and general wellbeing as well as those of a child.
As summer winds down, school-age children throughout Pennsylvania are preparing to head back to school. For parents and children alike, this time of year can be stressful as the whole family must adjust to new daily routines and responsibilities. In cases where a child's parents recently separated or divorced, heading back to school this fall may be a particularly challenging time for everyone.
False accusations happen surprisingly often in divorces. One of the most common scenarios is the woman accusing the man of domestic violence in an attempt to legally force him out of the house and increase the woman's chances of being awarded sole custody. However, false accusations go both ways and can include accusations regarding hiding assets, substance abuse and infidelity.
Grandparents play an important role in their grandchildren's lives and the larger family dynamic. In the best case scenario, grandparents have consistent access to their grandchildren, with the parents' blessing, and are able to develop close, positive relationships with them. However, best case scenario doesn't happen all the time, and there are times when grandparents may find themselves facing an uphill battle trying to get access to their grandchildren. If you are currently dealing with this type of scenario, you may be able to file for custody in the family courts, but you need to be aware of what that entails.
If you feel the need for a major lifestyle change or a fresh start after your divorce, you're not alone. It's common for other big changes, like a new job or a cross-country move, to follow your change in relationship status. However, if you have children with your ex and are planning on taking them along with you, there are rules and procedures that must be followed.
As summer approaches, many parents in Pennsylvania are deciding how they will spend time with their children. In many cases, this involves making travel plans, child care arrangements and decisions regarding extracurricular activities. These issues can be more complicated for parents who are no longer involved romantically and could require additional legal measures to be taken in regard to child custody.
While some in Pennsylvania have complication-free pregnancies, others do not and, ultimately, find themselves in the hospital. Being ill during pregnancy can make caring for another child complicated; many families are able to cope by relying on family members and friends. Unfortunately, one out-of-state woman hospitalized due to pregnancy complications claims that a woman she considered a friend -- and former employee of the Department of Children's Services -- took advantage of their relationship by seeking child custody of her young son while she was in the hospital.