My question involves a child custody case from the State of: PA
My husband would like to establish joint custody for my step daughter, how does he need to appeal to the judge? He currently has 20% custody and has had it for 2 years. Since Feb. the judge awarded him 3 weekends each month for six months because my step daughter mother denied him court ordered visitations last summer. This has now expired and he would like to keep those visitations in place but the judge has told him in the past that in order for him to get joint custody he must get along with his child's mother even though the issue between them isn't about getting along but her not moving on and also not wanting him to have access to their child. She shows up to any and everything involving court which is most times paperwork she filed but can't make time to get my step daughter's report cards, go to reward ceremonies and shows, and comb and wash her hair. We have had 4 heat waves over the summer and my step daughter mother had my step daughter wearing jeans the entire summer. She works part time and have no time to take my step daughter to school, or pick her up. On the days the drop off/ pick up location is at the police station she is never there (95% of the time), my step daughter grandmother pretty much take care of these things. Dentist and Doctors appointments are all done with grandmother, if not with her father and we have proof of that. Outside of the doctor's appointments, how can he prove the other things mentioned because we believe my stepdaughter is being raised by her grandmother. But when she comes to court she puts on a show that appears she's extremely involved in my stepdaughter's life and is never away from her except when she is with her father. When it was my step daughter's mother birthday my husband asked my step daughter if she wanted to call her mother she said no because she never answers her phone. This is a complaint her grandmother makes when my step daughter is in her care as per my step daughter. My stepdaughter is 10 years old. FYI- Grandmother is a willing participant in raising my step daughter.