Child Custody

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Can Grandma and Grandpa Get Custody In Pennsylvania?

We constantly receive calls from grandparents inquiring about their custody rights. In some instances, the grandparent has been the child’s primary caretaker from birth....more

Father’s Rights to Custody

Our attorneys believe in standing up for both mothers and fathers who are embattled in a litigated custody battle. We have vast experience helping parents understand New Jersey laws governing custody and how to effectively...more

Child Custody: Do grandparents have rights to custody of their grandchildren in Pennsylvania?

In 2011, the law in Pennsylvania changed as to the rights of grandparents to have custody of the grandchildren. Grandparents have the right to file an action for ANY form of physical or legal of custody if the following...more

Adoption Basics: Stepparent Adoptions

It is often said that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Whether that statistic is true or not (some say not), I find myself helping many blended families with stepparent adoptions. Many of my cases are ones where the...more

Child Custody Transfers – When Does the Statutory Parental Presumption Apply?

Although this blog is usually devoted to new and interesting developments in the insurance coverage world, Gilbert LLP prides itself on its avid participation in providing pro bono legal services, including the area of family...more

Thinking Ahead: Pre-Birth Custody and Visitation

When parents aren’t living together as a child’s birth approaches, the family may benefit from having pre-birth orders spelling out what will happen at the hospital and beyond....more

Child Custody: Determining Who Should be the Primary Custodial Parent

Many times the parent who is considered the primary caretaker assumes that he or she will automatically become the primary custodial parent. In Pennsylvania, this is no longer the case....more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Custodial Parent May Be Ordered to Pay Child Support

In child custody cases where the parent awarded primary custody of the children has significantly greater resources than the non-custodial parent, can a court order the custodial parent to pay child support to the...more

Appellate Court Reverses Retroactive Amicus Attorney Appointment

In a suit to modify the parent-child relationship, the Eleventh Court of Appeals has reversed a final order that significantly restricted a mother’s access to her children, thereby allowing the mother to pursue a new trial....more

Child Custody: Do Grandparents Have Any Visitation Rights in Pennsylvania?

A life changing event like a divorce or death may adversely affect the relationship between a child and a person who isn’t the child’s biological parent such as a grandparent. Various states have different laws that govern...more

Analysis of Child Custody Factors in Awards on Subsidiary Issues

In the years following the enactment of the new Child Custody Act in Pennsylvania, attorneys and the bench set sail on uncharted waters. Family law attorneys waited anxiously to read appellate court decisions published...more

During or After my Divorce, Can I Move Outside of New Jersey

During or after a divorce, it is common for the custodial parent (the parent primarily responsible for the children’s care) to want to move to another state with the children. Perhaps the parent has a job opportunity, family,...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Seems Undecided on Child Support for Non-Custodial Parents

Actively questioning both sides, the Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court seemed conflicted during the recent oral argument in In re Marriage of Turk. Turk poses a potentially important question of domestic relations law:...more

Tug of War: Summer Vacation

The Matzo has been eaten. The Easter eggs have been found. It’s now time to think about summer, which is often stressful for families going through a divorce or custody litigation. It’s sad but true, for many, planning...more

Child Custody – “I Don’t Want to Go!”

“I don’t want to go! I want to stay with you!” If you are divorced with children chances are you’ve heard these words. There are many cases where a child won’t go with the other parent whether it is for a weekend or a dinner...more

Can my ex-spouse see our children if he/she does not pay the court ordered child support?  [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's family law and criminal defense attorney Jason B. Castle talks about why a person has to allow their ex-husband or ex-wife to see the children even though they are not paying child...more

Protect Yourself from Big Brother: Technology & Family Law Litigation

Divorce and child custody cases are often down-right nasty. One or both individuals to the litigation are often desperate to destroy the other, whether it be emotionally or financially, or to cause damage to the other...more

Illinois Supreme Court's March Docket Announced

The Illinois Supreme Court has published its docket for the March term in Chicago. The civil cases on the Court's docket include...more

Child Custody – Relocating to Another State

Last year, Pennsylvania child custody laws changed significantly and have affected how child custody disputes are being determined. One challenge that parents may now face is what to do when one of them needs or wants to...more

Reporting Child Abuse

Most health care providers believe they understand their duty to report child abuse, but... There are a number of overlapping and apparently conflicting public policy objectives and the legal requirements can get...more

Do I Need a Lawyer to Represent Me in a Family Law Matter?

Few people, who are headed for divorce or custody litigation, can afford to spend substantial amounts of money on a family law attorney. Frequently, clients consider whether they can or should represent themselves in their...more

Argument Report: Does Voluntarily Dismissing a Custody Petition Mean You Get Hit With The Psychologist's Fees?

In our detailed summary of the underlying facts and lower court opinions in In re Marriage of Tiballi, we wrote that the question presented was whether a parent who voluntarily dismisses a custody petition can be hit with the...more

Child Custody – What is the Best Interest of the Child?

You are considering separating from your spouse and/or your significant other, but down the hall there is a five year old child that loves both of you. What happens to him or her? The polestar in any custody litigation is...more

What do we do with the children once the divorce action is filed? [Video]

Phoenix law firm Jaburg Wilk's family law attorney Jason B. Castle explains what happens to the children once the divorce action is filed. He also talks about whether it is allowed for one spouse to move with the children...more

Child Safety May Be Tipping Point In Custody Actions

It should come as no surprise that when courts consider the amount of time a child spends with each parent, domestic violence weighs heavily in the balance. With 20 percent of all homicides in the state resulting from...more

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