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.