Child Custody

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The key factor in determining child custody cases in Pennsylvania is what is in the best interest of a child. As your child custody attorney, I provide representation in Family Court that will support your wishes for child custody, and will consider the issues that judges use in making a determination about physical and legal custodianship of children. These include:

  • The child’s stated preference
  • Which parent possesses better parenting abilities
  • Which parent can provide the best safe, nurturing environment
  • Which parent can spend more time with the child
  • Which parent is most likely to  encourage a healthy relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent
  • Each parent’s history of drug use, child abuse, and criminal record

The Court may recommend that a parent gets sole custody, primary custody, shared custody, or partial custody. Family Court also may order visitation, which provides the non-custodial parent the right to visit with the child, but to not remove the child from the custodial parent.

Physical child custody refers to where a child will live. Legal child custody involves which parent has the authority to decide on important issues such as medical care, education and religious upbringing.

If you are seeking legal representation in child custody proceedings, or need counsel on your child custody situation, please contact me or call 215 277-1950 for a free consultation.