My daughter, the mom of 3 children, who was married for 8 yrs, recently divorced. She was a stay at home mom their entire marriage. Because she had no job, n no income, he retained the house, n she was forced to move back in with me (her mom). The ex, because of having an income n the house has... Read more »
There are no laws requiring a specific number of rooms, and the father won't be awarded custody simply on the basis that he has a bigger home. The court considers 16 factors when determining custody, which you can read more about on my blog, linked below....Read more »
My ex has tried to push back on every decision I have brought to the table. They are common sense decisions as bettering my childs life. I do not have a custody agreement through the courts. Need advice on what to do next. My child is 4 years old and currently in a State funded Pre-K counts... Read more »
Well she started just staying on her phone all the time and when she is with this guy it’s like the kids don’t egsist anymore. She stopped being the mother she was before. After I came home from working the night shift I asked why she hadn’t changed our 2 year old daughter who’s diaper was... Read more »
Before you move out of state, you must follow the PA custody laws and provide her with written notice of your intended move. If she objects to the move, you would need court permission to relocate. Please take this very seriously as moving without complying with the notice provisions could result...Read more »
Father works minimally and the money he does receive is through bands or tutoring. It is not recorded/reported for taxes. Has not worked many hours a week in almost two years. I the main supporter and caretaker, make a decent amount of money but I feel father should have to be responsible for... Read more »
A PA support order is based upon income from any source including "under the table" income. The problem in a case such as yours is proving by competent evidence or testimony the amount of his income. Ways to do that is through invoices or other notes of his income, the household expenditures, or...Read more »
We have been married for 14yrs. We're not officially separated, but by husband lives in NJ with his gf, while I live in our house in PA. The house is in his name only. I have been unemployed for several years. My husband pays the mortgage and utilities. We had a fire at the house and 99% of the... Read more »
You can file for spousal support. Spousal support refers to a request for support when there is not a divorce complaint filed by either party. The court will take your incomes into consideration when calculating a support obligation. I would recommend filing as soon as possible as support...Read more »
My child's father and I went to family court to have an agreement put in place a year ago regarding international travel and obtaining a passport for her. He agreed that for two weeks out of the year I am able to take her abroad with me and that he will not refuse the right to a passport for her. I... Read more »
Presuming you left mediation with a written consent custody agreement stating that father will cooperate in obtaining the passport, you have to file for enforcement of the order to force him to comply. The court also has the authority to impose sanctions on father for his non-compliance if it...Read more »
If the parents are not married and there is no custody order and one parent takes the child and moves to another state and does not give the other parent the address or phone number foe the child what can that parent do?
Pennsylvania relocation laws list requirements and steps that must be taken when one is considering relocating to a new city, state, or even a different country with minor children. Below are the "relocation logistics" in Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania, a parent considering moving with...Read more »
My wife has been helping me pay her something since they are my kids & I make any money I can through odd jobs and now she is taking me to court. Will any of those payments count (I have all cx checks)? Will my wife's income play any part on what I owe?
In PA child support is determined by a calculation based on the parties' net monthly incomes. Therefore your wife's income will also be considered when determining a support obligation. Expenses related to the children, such as costs for daycare, health insurance, co-pays, private school tuition...Read more »
He was never required to register for Megan's Law and got 11 months probation 27 years ago.Is this something that can be used against me in a custody case with my 6 year old daughter who calls him dad?
His criminal history will be considered in determining custody. When an action for custody is initiated each party must submit an affidavit of criminal record/abuse history stating the names, birth dates, and criminal history of the adults living in your household.
After 7 years of me being primary custodial parent in PA, my ex husband and his new wife living out of state have been on a vendetta against me to slander my name in court in order to take primary custody of our child (8). This is the second time he has pursued this in a single year, coming up with... Read more »
In PA the court is permitted to enter an award of unnecessary counsel fees, costs and expenses where a case participants actions during the pendency of the action have been "obdurate, dilatory, and vexatious." It is within the courts discretion to determine if the participants actions rise to...Read more »
The fact that he has a child of his own is irrelevant to you having a support obligation. In PA a child support obligation exists until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. If the child is unable to be self-supporting, the court may extend a parent's...Read more »
Don't think him and mother have any custody papers but she is making all decisions and they all have been living with me since birth now she has a new boyfriend and still living in my house but I have to beg to see them can't make any decisions in healthcare or anything I recently moved out of my... Read more »
Legal custody is required to make major decisions, such as healthcare decisions, on behalf of the child. You can file for legal custody, but must establish standing to do so. Grandparents are provided standing in limited circumstances if it is determined to be in the best interests of the child....Read more »
Depending on who is the higher earning spouse, you may be entitled to spousal support as your husband has moved out of the marital home. This is true regardless of whether or not a divorce has been filed.
I would recommend speaking with a family law attorney as soon as possible to discuss...Read more »
Common law marriage was abolished in Pennsylvania in 2005. Marriages entered after January 2005, must have a marriage license and formal process. Thus it would depend on the timeline of your specific situation.
Please feel free to read the information about common law marriage on my...Read more »
Support may be terminated if a child is emancipated before the age of majority. Emancipation is determined on a case-by-case basis, and the court looks to factors such as the child's age, desire to live independently from their parents, marital status, and the ability to support themselves. It...Read more »
There are a number of factors involved in determining a child support obligation, including each parties income and custody time with the child; thus it is not possible to determine from the facts provided whether a support obligation would exist.
He hasn't seen his child in almost a year. Texts her regularly with no response from her. We got one response after sending her a text for her birthday and she cussed him out. Even though she is still in high school and under 18, can we get it dropped? We have 3 other children in our home and he... Read more »
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