While issues regarding family care are usually considered to be the most private issues in our personal lives, sometimes the legal system must be used to determine who can make decisions on behalf of a loved one. Most commonly, these situations occur through divorce or the incapacity of a child or other family member.
With the narrow scope of information that a Judge gets to observe in a child custody case, clients often ask us what they need to do in order to get across to a Judge that they are "the good parent." Our short answer is that our clients need to be able to "wear the white hat" and come into Court with a complete clean slate if they are trying to get a custody Order changed or modified in their favor.
Children and Youth Services ("CYS"), the Pennsylvania organization that responds to concerns about child welfare, has gotten involved with your family and is threatening or has already taken your child away. This is called a "dependency proceeding," or a proceeding to determine if a child is dependent on the State for care. This is almost always a scary, confusing, and emotionally painful experience. Because the process can be disorienting, our Lehigh Valley Children and Youth Attorneys have put together a step-by-step outline of this process for you:
Meeting the needs of your children during the first part of the school year can be difficult if you are divorcing or have recently divorced. Children have to deal with getting back in the groove of school and handling the various stresses that can be associated with it. Significant changes such as living between two homes or seeing one parent less can exacerbate the situation.
New Jersey Child Custody Issues and the Holidays
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and while it's a great and festive holiday for many, the legal team at Winegar, Wilhelm, Glynn & Roemersma knows that it can be a stressful time as well. With the end of the year approaching, our New Jersey family law attorneys deal with a number of issues, such as ensuring child support is being paid in full and trying to work out amicable plans between spouses. Visits during the holidays can be a major problem, and we'd like to consider why and what can be done about it right now.