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Family law help with child support concerns

As is well known, it is not inexpensive to raise a child in today's world and children have the right to support and care from their parents. There are many things to pay for the maintenance of a child and child support helps ensure the needs of the child are met when parents are divorced or unmarried.

What are child custody decisions based on?

Child custody is the most important part of many divorces. There are different types of child custody and standards for how child custody determinations are made and divorcing parents should ensure all of their important child custody questions are answered and concerns addressed.

Child custody and visitation: what is bird nesting?


Divorce can be a stressful process for anyone, but it can be even more so for children. Kids oftentimes don't have any concept that their parents are even capable of breaking up, so the sudden shift in relationship and their own living environment can leave them emotionally and physically changed. Of course, most parents want to prevent this harm as much as possible. One way to do so is to make the process amicable while retaining as much routine as possible.

Studies show cohabitation increase risk of divorce

For decades, people have wondered whether living together before tying the knot increases or decreases the risk of divorce. Some say that living together first gives couples the opportunity to truly get to know each other, while others claim point to studies, including a recent one, that claim that cohabitation actually increases the chances of marriage dissolution. Yet, there still appear to be discrepancies with regard to how cohabitation affects marriage.

A primer of equitable property division in divorce


It doesn't take someone experienced in the field of divorce to recognize that it is, in addition to an emotional process, a financial transaction. Marriage dissolution in Pittsburgh, in part, consists of dividing assets and debts in a way that is fair under the circumstances. This is commonly referred to equitable division of property. While this split is supposed to be fair, it does not have to be equal. Therefore, those thinking about divorce may need someone experienced in this field to help them better understand how to argue for property division that is fair to them.

Who can seek child custody and visitation?


For Pennsylvanians who have children, no other family law may mean more to them than child custody and visitation. When they come up, the outcomes of these issues can completely define or redefine one's relationship with his or her child. This means that those who have an interest in maintaining a relationship with a child need to be proactive in ensuring that they protect their legal right to access to that child. On the flip side, those who want to protect their children from contact with those who they deem detrimental to the child will similarly want to take legal action when necessary.

Domestic violence can be crucial in child custody cases


Domestic violence is one of those issues that most people are aware exists but fail to recognize its prevalence. There are likely thousands upon thousands of families in Pennsylvania where domestic violence and emotional abuse are a frequent occurrence. While these situations can obviously leave victims susceptible to serious harm, they can also pose a serious threat to any children who may be in the home.

Dealing with child custody issues? We may be able to help


Those facing family law issues can quickly find themselves upset and overwhelmed. This is understandable, as these matters are often charged with emotion. This can be especially true when children are involved. Marriage dissolution, or even the end of an unmarried relationship that had children, can lead to a fight over the establishment of custody. Even once custody is initially determined, certain issues can arise, justifying a child custody or visitation modification. One of these issues, as we have discussed previously on the blog, is substance abuse.

Substance abuse and child custody


Ending a marriage comes with many important and difficult decisions. When it comes to divorce legal issues, to many Pennsylvanians, none are as important as child custody and visitation. Depending on how the matter sorts out, an individual may find him or herself part of a joint custody arrangement, whereby the parents share physical and legal custody. In other situations, though, one parent may successfully seek sole physical or sole legal and physical custody. These arrangements can change, too, if circumstances warrant a modification. With one's relationship with his or her child on the child, it becomes imperative that parents put forth strong legal arguments to support their position.

We can help address numerous paternity issues


Unmarried Pennsylvanians who see their relationship with their significant come to an end can find themselves facing similar, if not identical, family law issues as those who go through a divorce. When it comes to one of these issues, though, there can be some significant differences. Whereas paternity is assumed when a child is born during the course of a marriage, paternity must be established for those children who are born out of wedlock. By establishing paternity, often by signing a paternity affidavit, a man can establish a legal relationship with his child.

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