Q: How do I get custody of my children? They have been living with me for 3 months now due to their mother going down hill.
She is still receiving benefits from the state for them and I am still paying child support (arrears) for them. I do not want any support for them, however, I would like to stop paying on the arrears. My children are in a much better environment living with my fiancé and myself. I am worried that their mother will come and try to take them beings that we have never had any custody agreements. Looking for advice before I move forward.
A: I would suggest filing a petition for primary custody with your local court; it is especially important to have a custody order in place if you think mother may try to unilaterally take the children from your care.
You will still be obligated to pay all child support arrears until they are paid in full.
Please feel free to visit my website for more information on obtaining a child custody order in PA.
Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire
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