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Knowledge is power, and this blog is dedicated to providing the most updated information on Pennsylvania Family Law, related topics, and family matters in general.  It's our goal for you to use the information on this site, including the individual practice area pages, to help you understand your rights, obligations, and the best course of action for your Pennsylvania Family Law case.

Custody Issues for Blended Families in Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph Lento | Oct 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

When the television series Modern Family premiered in 2009, it was one of the first times blended families were depicted realistically—albeit humorously –in all their messy glory. There is no strict legal definition of a blended family, but it's generally described as a marriage when two partie...

Caretaking vs. Parenting: What Is the Difference?

Posted by Joseph Lento | Aug 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

To have in loco parentis standing over a child essentially means that you're acting in the place of a parent. If you have this status, you can seek child custody – but is there a difference between “caregiving” or babysitting and parenting, and can a caregiver ever obtain custody over a child? Th...

PA Senate Passes Kayden’s Law

Posted by Joseph Lento | Aug 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Child custody and visitation issues can be contentious, emotional, and divisive. When two parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement, the Pennsylvania courts decide for them, taking the best interests of the child into account. However, a child custody incident that took place in 2018 made man...

Family Court Judge Suspended

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jul 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

A Family Court judge in PA should be objective and impartial at all times. This is the only way to ensure that both parties in a child custody case get the fair hearing they're entitled to. However, the recent suspension of a PA judge for improper conduct raises significant questions about what h...

Third-Party Custody and Visitation Rights in Pennsylvania

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jun 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

While custody cases usually only contemplate the custody rights of a child's two parents, in some instances in Pennsylvania, the right of custody may also extend to grandparents and other third parties who stand in loco parentis to the child. In loco parentis is a Latin term that means “in the p...

When Laws Fail to Protect Children

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jun 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

One of the most difficult parts of a divorce can be coping with the idea that your children won't be with you at least part of the time, and in some cases, even a majority of the time. While it's natural to have some concerns regarding the kids' time spent with the other parent, when that mild un...

Child Custody Lessons from Kim and Kanye’s Divorce

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

Child custody is one of the most emotionally charged and challenging aspects of any divorce. Even if two married people no longer love or care for each other, they almost always still want what's best for their kids, and the prospect of not spending every day with them or missing major milestones...

Pennsylvania Senate Committee Approves Child Custody Bill

Posted by Joseph Lento | Mar 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

When you're going through a divorce, some of the most contentious and emotional issues arise while negotiating child custody and visitation. If the parents can't agree, Pennsylvania courts assign custody and visitation based on the “best interests of the child.” But now, a child safety bill headi...

Pennsylvania Child Custody Laws May Get a Safety Revamp

Posted by Joseph Lento | Feb 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

When you're going through a divorce, some of the most contentious decisions couples often face are regarding who will have custody of the kids and how visitation will happen. In Pennsylvania, courts prefer when couples come to a mutual decision regarding custody matters. But when one parent faces...

PA Woman who Fled with Children Facing Felony Charges

Posted by Joseph Lento | Jan 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

The news that you cannot see your children unless it's under the court's terms is, undoubtedly, a hard pill to swallow. While most parents accept the decision, others place law enforcement through a lengthy chase and move their children across state lines. Such is the case of 39-year-old Sawsan H...

When Custody Exchanges Go Wrong, Part 2

Posted by Joseph Lento | Nov 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Very few people go into a child custody situation wanting it to be contentious. Most people would prefer to peacefully transfer their child from one parent to another, with as little drama as possible. Unfortunately, human beings and human feelings get in the way, and there are few relationships...

What Should You Do When Custody Exchanges Go Wrong?

Posted by Joseph Lento | Nov 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Every day, in every city in America, child custody exchanges take place. Usually, parents can set aside any bad feelings they may have to make the situation as pleasant as possible for their child. But sometimes, almost anything — a simmering dispute, a new love interest, a harsh word, even a chi...

Pandemic Parenting Challenges Pennsylvania Co-Parents

Posted by Joseph Lento | Oct 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Child custody arrangements are rarely simple and can often be precarious. Parents are often hesitant to ask each other for even minor deviations from the plan for fear of upsetting a fragile peace. Even when life circumstances allow for smooth sailing, co-parenting presents many opportunities for...

A Poisoned Milkshake Complicates Custody Considerations

Posted by Joseph Lento | Sep 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Child custody battles can be confusing and contentious. It can be easy for partners (or ex-partners) to fight or harbor bitter feelings against each other, especially if one feels that the other is controlling access to their child. There are many legal actions that one can take to improve a heat...

Divorce in the Public Eye

Posted by Joseph Lento | Aug 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Marriage is hard, and divorce is even harder. But going through a divorce while the whole world watches may seem nearly impossible. Celebrities and public officials who divorce in the public eye face the insatiable questions of fans and media outlets, while also trying to protect their privacy an...

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