Child Custody, Visitation, and Support in Pennsylvania

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Are you having trouble reciving support from your ex-spouse? Do you have a child who is being neglected or abused? Do you know what your legal rights are? The answers to your problems may lie in this book.

With the divorce rate at above 50% and climbing, more and more parents are faced with difficult decisions or situations involving their children. Whether it's difficulty seeing them on a regular basis, being denied visits altogether, ...
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Overview

Are you having trouble reciving support from your ex-spouse? Do you have a child who is being neglected or abused? Do you know what your legal rights are? The answers to your problems may lie in this book.

With the divorce rate at above 50% and climbing, more and more parents are faced with difficult decisions or situations involving their children. Whether it's difficulty seeing them on a regular basis, being denied visits altogether, watching them being neglected or abused, not receiving enough support, or not receiving support at all, parents increasingly find themselves in the courts debating issues which involve their children. This book is designed to let parents know their legal rights, and to help them take their case through the court system.

This book explains in simple language:
--getting child custody in Pennsylvania
--understanding Pennsylvania court procedures
--modifying a custody, visitation, or support order
--taking action in case of kidnapping or abuse
--getting sole custody
--terminating parental rights
--selecting and working with an attorney
--obtaining mediation between parties
--consequences when custody and support terms are not being met
--calculating child support in Pennsylvania
--finding Pennsylvania law through different sources, including the Internet, statutory codes, and legal encyclopedias
--filing a custody suit
--claiming paternity
--modifying or terminating child support, visitation, or custody
--gathering information and preserving evidence for your case
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572482425
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Legal Survival Guides Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca A. DeSimone received her B.A. from Colgate University and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School. She served as General Counsel for the National Coal Association in Washington D.C.Ms. DeSimone is currently in private practice in Erie, Pennsylvania, and an Adjunct Professor in English and Law at several Erie Universities. She has written or co-authored several Legal Survival Guides, including How to File for Divorce in Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Books -
Introduction -
Section One: Preliminary Considerations
Chapter 1: Marriage, Cohabitation, or Encounters -
-Marriage
-Legal Separation
-Legal Divorce

Chapter 2: Residency -

Chapter 3: Your Spouse or Mate -

Section Two: Child Custody
Chapter 4: Types of Custody and Standards -
-Temporary Custody
-Sole/Primary Custody
-Split Custody
-Joint/Shared Custody
-Grandparents or Other Relatives
-The Best Interests of the Child
Chapter 5: Child Custody Procedure -
-Child Custody Overview
-Custody Agreements
-Filing a Custody Complaint
-The Custody Intake Conference

Chapter 6: Divorce Battles Over Custody -
-Moral Fitness
-Main Caregiver
-Agreeing on Custody
-Public Policy and the Judge's Decision
-Unfit Parents
-Child's Preference
-Mediation

Chapter 7: Paternity -
-Raising Paternity Doubts
-Unmarried Cohabitants
-Paternity Process
-Post-Testing Procedures

Section Three: Visitation
Chapter 8: Visitation Overview and Agreement -
-Supervised Visitation
-Those Who Get Visitation
-Visitation Agreement
-Denied Visitation

Section Four: Child Support
Chapter 9: Child Support Overview -
-Establishing Child Support Payments
-The Nature of the Child Support Order
Chapter 10: Calculating and Determining Child Support -
-Factors for the Court
-Other Responsibilities of the Parents
-Support Hearings
-Issues Effecting Support Obligations
-Child Support Calculation

Chapter 11: Child Support Enforcement -
-Child Support Agencies

Section Five: Procedures and Modifications
Chapter 12: An Introduction to Legal Forms -
-Filing with the Prothonotary
-Notifying Your Spouse, Mate, etc.
-Notice of Filing the Complaint
-Other Notices
-Setting a Hearing
-Courtroom Manners

Chapter 13: Special Circumstances -
-When You cannot afford Court Costs
-Protecting Yourself and Your Children
-Protecting Your Children
-Temporary Support and Custody

Chapter 14: Modifying Child Custody, Visitation, and Support -
-Custody
-Parenting Time
-Child Support

Chapter 15: Violation of the Custody Order Agreement -
-Failure to Return the Child
-Jurisdiction
Section Six: The Legal System and Lawyers
Chapter 16: Commonwealth Legal System -
-Rules and Procedures, Generally
-The Players
-Researching the Law

Chapter 17: Lawyers -
-Determining if You want a Lawyer
-Choosing a Lawyer
-Working with a Lawyer
-Firing a Lawyer

Glossary -
Appendix A: Resources -
Appendix B: District Court Administration -
Appendix C: Key Court Offices and Prothonotaries' Offices -
Appendix D: Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Appendix E: Child Custody Jurisdiction Act and
Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act -
Appendix F: Support Guidelines -
Appendix G: Forms -
Index -
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