Pennsylvania parents who decide to end their marriages must negotiate fair and agreeable settlements that include terms regarding the care and upbringing of their children. One of the main issues to be resolved in such situations is which parent will have physical custody of the kids. Sometimes, the court decides that a shared custody arrangement is best; other times, a judge may deem a parent unfit. In recent years, the subject of pets has made its way into custody proceedings in divorce.
Deciding to end a marriage is definitely one of the most intensely personal choices of a lifetime. Many Pennsylvania spouses will file for divorce in 2019 and beyond. Some will choose mediation or collaborative law to negotiate their settlements; others will determine a need for litigation.
As 2018 nears its end, many Pennsylvania parents will be among those seeking to end their marriages. Divorce is never easy, and issues -- such as child custody, visitation or support -- can complicate matters. As recently mentioned in previous posts on this blog, parents often petition the court to request lower child support payments.
Matt Barnes enjoyed a successful career in the NBA for nearly 15 years. Pennsylvania basketball fans may remember when he retired in 2017. Some may also have followed his divorce from Gloria Govan, who starred on reality TV show "Basketball Wives." The two have been entangled in a dispute over child support for their two sons.
Most households in Pennsylvania need 50 percent or more of their income just to make ends meet. In families that include a primary breadwinner rather than dual, full-time incomes, deciding to divorce may mean that a major financial adjustment is pending. In addition to considering how much money it will take to start afresh as a single person, anyone who plans on filing for physical custody of his or her children will also have much to consider regarding financial care of the kids.
Many Pennsylvania residents will be among those throughout the nation who decide to end their marriages in court before this year's end. Some are looking for the swiftest, quietest, uncontentious ways to finalize divorce, simply wanting to leave their pasts behind and move on to new lifestyles. Others, like a woman in another state, prefer to end their marriages with a bit more fanfare.
A top priority of all good parents in Pennsylvania and beyond is to act with children's best interests in mind. When divorce occurs, parents may disagree about what is best. The court will step in to make all custody, visitation and support decisions when parents can't agree. As for daily life and children's emotional needs, there are several things parents can do to help children move on in life in as healthy and positive a manner as possible.
A study at a university in another state suggests that marriages in Pennsylvania and elsewhere last longer today than they have in recent decades. While the overall national divorce rate, especially among millennials, appears to be declining, that doesn't help those currently facing serious marital problems or legal issues regarding their own divorces. In sort, while less couples may be heading for court, those who still are need strong support.
Every year there are many Pennsylvania couples who end their marriages. Reasons for doing so vary, but those that do separate often find they can relate to others who have gone through similar experiences. Divorce is stressful and affects every person in the family, not just the spouses themselves. No two families will handle divorce or adapt to new lifestyles in exactly the same way.
No two Pennsylvania marriages are exactly the same; therefore, neither are any two divorces. When a couple chooses to divorce, they often encounter various challenges regarding child custody, property division or other issues that can make the entire process quite stressful. The good news is that there are support systems in place to help spouses minimize stress and maximize their changes of achieving fair and agreeable settlements.