If you and your spouse will be getting a divorce, you may wonder about how your family’s property might get divided. Specific property you might think about may include the marital home, a vacation home, art or your car. However, property can also include bank accounts, stocks, jewelry, a business and even retirement accounts.
Pennsylvania parents deciding to divorce may be concerned about how they can best protect the parent-child relationship despite the end of a marriage. Divorce can be a difficult time for children. They may feel like they are supposed to be on one parent's side, or they may worry that their parents will leave them as well. Some kids, especially younger children, may feel that they are at fault for the divorce. Even the practical changes that accompany the end of a marriage can have a particular impact on children who move back and forth between their parents' homes on a regular basis.
When you hear of the word "divorce" you may instantly think of bad marriages and couples arguing, but this is not always the case. Not all divorces result from bad marriages. Sometimes, people just aren't compatible as time goes on.
Supervised visitation can be an essential tool to protect a child's well-being in Pennsylvania even while preserving the relationship with a troubled or complicated parent. Most family courts prefer joint custody, which is when both parents share roughly equal time with the children. If this is not possible, regular and extensive visitation can also foster the relationship with the noncustodial parent. In some cases, however, a parent's issues are more serious. There may be allegations of child abuse or domestic violence. Some parents may also be struggling with an addiction or have an untreated mental illness that leaves them unable to care for the child properly.