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Child visitation cannot be denied for these reasons

It can be tempting for a parent to use their child as leverage after a divorce. Bitterness, hostility and anger can make a person feel like the only way they can get back at the ex is to refuse visitation. If a court has granted a non-custodial parent visitation rights, interfering with these can lead to jail time, fines and even loss of custody. Here are some other illegitimate reasons Pennsylvania parents should avoid using to deny visitation.

How to parent successfully with a narcissist ex-spouse

Marital discord can lead to some Pennsylvania couples deciding that divorce is the only option and that co-parenting the children from different households is best for everyone involved. Some individuals are dealing with an ex-spouse who is a narcissist. They may find it difficult to maintain their sanity and put their children's best interests first.

What to do after being denied visitation

Pennsylvania parents and others who are denied the right to visit with their child may eventually be able to obtain the right. The first step toward doing so is to determine why visitation rights were denied. For instance, a judge may have felt that a parent could put a child's emotional or physical health in jeopardy. In some cases, parents will be asked to attend parenting classes or a rehab program before they can see their children on a regular basis.

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.

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