There is a lot that divorcing parents have to consider when facing divorce, and child custody is one of them. Legal resources are available to help divorcing couples prepare for the divorce process and guide them through it.
Understanding child custody can be a complex process but it can be one of the most important considerations parents are looking at, and may be worried about, going into a divorce. Knowing what the different types of child custody arrangements are, and how they can impact the divorcing couple and their family, can be crucial.
One of the most common topics and concerns that comes up during divorce is property division. It is helpful, then, to understand how property is divided in Pennsylvania when a couple is divorcing. Divorcing couples likely have many questions concerning property division.
Previously, judges in Pennsylvania used the best interests standard to make child custody determinations without outlining what would be considered relevant for making this determination. This left both a lot of discretion and ambiguity around the topic with each party throwing whatever they thought was relevant to the decision and judges using their discretion. In 2011, however, the law changed slightly -- even though the best interests standard was being followed, the law laid out what factors should be given weighted consideration.