Archive: Custody

The Best Interest of a Child in Custody Cases

All states have some type of statute requiring that “the best interest of the child” be considered when making a custody decision. Pennsylvania’s custody statute, 23 Pa.C.S. Ch. 53, defines the child’s best interest via… Read More

Posted: February 21st, 2017

It Should Be PC to Use a PC

Although parent coordinators (PCs) are currently defunct in Pennsylvania, the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is seeking to bring back PCs in custody cases. The comment period for Recommendation 155… Read More

Posted: November 29th, 2016

Common Sense Rules for Parents During Custody Disputes

Lisa Shapson, The Legal Intelligencer (online) Here’s something all family law practitioners can relate to:  a judge, post-in camera interview, relating the children’s version of a specific event or view as to why the current… Read More

Posted: August 23rd, 2016

Huss v. Weaver

Should courts enforce a private agreement provision requiring one parent to pay the other parent a specified fee when filing for a custody modification? The Pennsylvania Superior Court, in Huss v. Weaver, 2016 PA Super… Read More

Posted: June 9th, 2016

He Got Christmas

NOTE:  Reprinted from Margaret Klaw’s online Huffington Post blog (12/09/13). I ran into Sarah, a friend who also happens to be a former client, at a holiday party last week. As we chatted about her… Read More

Posted: December 4th, 2015

How to Settle a Custody Case at the Outset

Lisa Shapson, The Legal Intelligencer (online) A close colleague once told me that he always attends the initial divorce conference or hearing with a completed property settlement agreement in the hope that the parties can… Read More

Posted: August 14th, 2015