Category: Child Custody

Child Custody Alienation Tactics Backfire

April 10, 2014 | Blog, Child Custody, Court Decisions

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Parents who are facing custody disputes in Pennsylvania may be interested in understanding how child alienation tactics are viewed by judges in Pennsylvania courts. A recent decision of the Pennsylvania Superior Court (unpublished) illustrates the perils that may befall a parent who engages in alienation tactics.  In B.E. v. D.N., No. 1894 EDA 2013 (April 9, 2014), a mother lost custody of her children, ages 12 and 9, when the […]

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16-Factor Custody Analysis Not Always Required, Says Superior Court of PA

February 04, 2014 | Blog, Child Custody, Court Decisions

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Presumably, opinions of the Superior Court are published when, in the estimation of the Court, they articulate important principles of jurisprudence. So, the Superior Court was sending a message to family law practitioners when it chose to publish M.O. v. J.T.R., 2014 Pa.Super. 15 (February 4, 2014). M.O. is a custody case in which Mother and Father were divorced parents of one emancipated daughter and two minor sons.  When they […]

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School Must Bus Kids to Both Parents’ Homes in Shared Custody Case

January 13, 2014 | Blog, Child Custody, Court Decisions

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In Watts v. Mannheim Twp. S.D., No. 935 C.D. 2013 (January 7, 2014), the Commonwealth Court was confronted with the issue of whether a school district must provide bus service to the homes of both parents who share custody of their children on a week on-week off basis. The school district filed the appeal, arguing that the School Code does not require it to provide transportation to a resident pupil to and from […]

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International Custody Fight – Contempt of Agreement Bolsters Statutory Factors in Father’s Win

July 27, 2013 | Blog, Child Custody, Court Decisions

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The appeals in R.M. v. S.B., No. 2879 EDA 2012 (July 25, 2013) arose from an international custody dispute, in which the father resided in France and Mother resided in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. At an earlier stage of the child’s life, the child lived in France with the father for several months in 2010. Subsequently, Mother and Father reached an agreement, which was ratified by a New Jersey court, in which […]

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