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Helping kids deal with their parents' divorce

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.

How supervised visitation works for families

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.

Joint custody more common as attitudes toward parenting shift

Pennsylvania parents who are deciding on child custody could be faced with a difficult process although every individual case is different. That wasn't always true in the past when the vast majority of custody cases were decided entirely in favor of the mother. Now, courts tend to prefer shared parenting or joint custody arrangements. Experts say that this is due to many changing attitudes over the years.

Setting up a parenting schedule

As anyone in Pennsylvania who's had their marriage dissolved knows, divorce can be an arduous process for the parents and even more for the children. It involves breaking up a family and permanently changing a living situation that the children had grown accustomed to.

Is asking for a change in child support payments selfish?

Divorced parents are encouraged to cooperate with each other in the interest of their child's development and overall happiness. If you are working toward a positive co-parent relationship with your ex, or have already established one, you may worry that "stirring the pot" could mess everything up.

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