Summer is a time for travel and a time to move between the school years for parents of school-aged children. A child custody agreement may specify whether or not out-of-state travel is permitted or not during each parent's custodial time; if not, parents are usually permitted to travel with their children during their respective custodial time.
With Mother's Day having recently passed and Father's Day fast approaching, separated and divorced couples face unique issues regarding child custody on these days. Often, these "minor" holidays are lost in the shuffle when a couple anticipates which parent will have custody of the child or children on major holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. It seems obvious though that Mother should have custody on Mother's Day and Father should have custody on Father's Day. However, what happens in a situation where Father's Day falls during Mother's custodial weekend or vice versa?
In a child custody case it is almost inevitable that at some point one or both parents will become involved with a new significant other. In my family law practice, I routinely encounter situations where a parent does not want to inform the other parent of who his or her new paramour is. Now, this isn't always a problem and everyone is entitled to a certain degree of privacy. However, if a relationship reaches a level where a parent wants to cohabitate with their new significant other that right to privacy becomes diminished as the safety of the child or children becomes the most important concern.
At the end of each year our firm inevitably receives phone calls from divorced or separated parents asking how to handle child custody during the holiday season. This can prove to be an especially stressful and volatile issue considering most parents want to spend as much time as possible with their children on these special days.
I have been asked many times from clients whether the "date of separation" makes a difference in Pennsylvania Divorce cases. The answer is quite simple-you betcha it does.
I really do not like divorces. This might sound weird coming from a Pennsylvania Divorce lawyer- I mean it's my profession- it's my livelihood. But, in reality, there just is a lot I do not like about the whole process.