You may change a child's name that is at least 7 but no more than 14 years old through the Department of Vital Records (PA Department of Health).
The parties entered an agreement that required one party to pay $10,000 if the other party sought a custody modification- it was valid.
In Pennsylvania a child can possibly have more than two legal parents
If you have an order from another state, you may enforce that order in Pennsylvania under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.
Child custody jurisdiction is required for a court to make an initial determination as to custody between two parents.
A few changes in 2013 and 2014 to the Child Protective Services Law ("CPSL") have two major changes involving child custody.
The sixteen (16) child custody factors of 23 Pa.C.S. Seciton 5328 only need to be analyzed by a court when they effect the "form of custody."
There is no longer a presumption that children should remain with their mother.
There is a deferential standard of review for the trial court's findings of fact on appeal. This makes it difficult to win on appeal.
In extreme cases, such as with suicidal or homicidal ideations, mental health may obviously play an important role in determining child custody. However, the courts may order evaluations or assessments in less extreme cases.