Fans of Grey's Anatomy tuned into a full-scale custody trial last week as Callie and Arizona battled over their daughter, Sophia. For those unfamiliar, Callie and Arizona are the parents of an 8 year old child whom they have shared custody of since their divorce on the prime time medical drama based in Seattle. Recently, Callie's girlfriend received a job offer in NYC precipitating Callie's request to move with the child. Nearly a full episode was dedicated to a custody trial as a judge heard testimony from witnesses and determined whether the child would relocate with Callie to NYC or remain in Seattle with Arizona. As Grey's has always focused on the medical field, it should come as no surprise that the depiction of a custody trial wasn't quite on the mark, at least based on Pennsylvania Law. Read on to see three things Grey's got wrong:
A few days after Christmas, rapper, Future, went on a profanity laced rant on Twitter complaining about Ciara, the mother of his child. According to Future's tweets Ciara has been keeping him from their child, Future, Jr. The rapper tweeted, "I gotta go through lawyers to see babyfuture...the f--kery for 15k a month" and ""I jus want babyfuture that's all...I been silent for a year & a half..I ran outta patience." To date, Ciara has not publicly responded to Future's posts. While not every parent would take to Twitter to complain about child custody issues, many don't realize what their options are.
The law governing custody gives the court the authority to direct parties engaged in custody litigation to partake in co-parenting counseling. Co-parenting counseling is designed for parents who need assistance in successfully co-parenting their children due to lingering or ongoing hostility or distrust. The goal of co-parenting counseling is to improve parenting relationships by reducing conflict and improving communication, ultimately protecting and improving the overall well-being of the children involved. While many parties are required by a court order to attend such counseling, many parents undertake co-parenting counseling on their own, as they see it an effective way to improve their relationship for the sake of their children.
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Grandparents have custody rights in Pennsylvania: good news for some, bad news for others. What does this mean for grandparents or parents? Take a look. Grandparents are considered third parties when seeking custody of their grandchildren. However, grandparents have been granted special status allowing them to pursue legal or physical custody (excluding shared physical), of their grandchildren. First, grandparents must show that the proposed arrangement is in the child's best interests and will not interfere with the relationship between the parent and child. Although grandparent's visitation statutes are controversial, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled them constitutional and has found such statutes to be a means to protect the emotional well-being of children estranged from their grandparents.
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