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Resolving Visitation Issues Between Parents

There are a number of reasons why a parent might be tempted to refuse visitation to the other parent. However, a court may not consider these reasons appropriate enough to deny visitation. For example, a child might not like a new stepmother or stepfather, but this alone may not be a reason to deny time. Instead, the court may order the parent to spend time alone with the child and may advise the parent to talk to the child about the importance of the new partner in his or her life. Moreover, the court may ask the other parent to refrain from making disparaging comments about the new partner in front of the child and to talk to the child about how to adjust to the other parent's new life.

Misconceptions about child custody

When Pennsylvania parents of minor children end their marriage, the issue of child custody will come up. It is often something that is decided by the courts, and there are a number of myths about how child custody works. Some of the things that people mistakenly believe are that decisions are based on gender, income or child support payments and that child custody cannot be changed.

What happens when a custodial parent dies

If a Pennsylvania parent who has custody of a child dies, other members of the family may be concerned when it comes to who will get custody. Depending on the circumstances, some candidates who may become the child's guardian includes the noncustodial parent, grandparents, aunts or uncles, other family members or family friends.

How parents can help prepare children for divorce

Pennsylvania parents whose marriages are coming to an end should talk to their children together about divorce if possible. Children should be reassured that they are safe and secure, and parents should not fight in front of them. In some cases, parents might get along well enough that they can agree to share the home on a rotating basis while the children remain there.

Creating a parenting agreement

Most Pennsylvania parents who are ending their marriages understand that they must put their young children first. However, this is often easier said than done as parents' egos can intervene. If the parents can work together, however, the kids are more likely to be happy and well-adjusted.

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