Custody of children is the most contested issue during a divorce. Because a determination of custody is unique to each family, the court has a wide degree of discretion. Each county will have a standard parenting order within its local rules of the court. The standard order is often the baseline or starting point when determining child custody and will identify one parent as the primary residential parent and legal custodian of the children. A typical standard order will grant the non-residential parent time with the children every other weekend from Friday evening until Sunday evening and one or two nights...
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There are two primary ways to terminate a marriage, either through divorce proceedings or in a dissolution of marriage proceeding. The two methods have similarities: both are conducted in front of a judge or magistrate in the common pleas court of the county in which they are filed; both can be accomplished with the assistance of a licensed attorney or without representation, or pro se; and both will result in the legal termination of the marriage. The process, however, is very different. A dissolution occurs when the parties are in agreement concerning all aspects of the termination of the marriage. There...
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