"Levittown — The new law lists factors judges must consider when awarding custody, including who's more likely to encourage contact with the other parent, stability for the child and sibling relationships."
"Getting the answer used to require an appeal to a higher court. But new changes to Pennsylvania's child custody laws mean that judges now must place the reasons for their decisions on the record. "
- Good! Previously the Judge that gave Kate everything was probably getting BJ's under the table from both Kate and TLC. Now, it must be documented.
"This is the most comprehensive overhaul of laws impacting custody matters for Pennsylvania families in decades," Mundorff said. "The new legislation provides our courts with an extensive list of factors that must be considered when awarding custody with the intent of keeping the interests of the children in the forefront."
"Another change allows judges to appoint independent attorneys to represent children who are caught in the middle of their parents' fighting. Older children who would like to have a say about which parent they live with will benefit most from this change, Algeo said. The fighting parents will be ordered to pay the fee for the child's lawyer."