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We know that custody disputes can be among the most stressful, bitter legal actions. We’ll help you feel at ease with the process and ensure you and your children’s rights are protected.
Our Family Law Attorneys Are Here for You
Every parent wants what’s best for their child. While some former spouses can work out parenting plans and child support peacefully, others may face a struggle. If you anticipate a challenge from your former partner, you may want to consider hiring an attorney.
Both parents have a right to seek custody of their children. Sometimes, the process of determining where a child will live — and who will pay support — is settled at a custody hearing. Parents who find a solution that they agree on can present their plan to the judge. But when parents disagree, the next step becomes mediation, or court, or both. In that case, the family court considers the child’s best interest when they determine custody and child support.
Types of Child Custody
There are two different types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. A parent with legal custody has the right to make decisions about a child’s education, healthcare, religion, and other issues associated with their welfare. Parents may share legal custody, or it may be given to one parent.
Parents may share physical custody or — like legal custody — the court may award it to one or the other person. Physical custody determines where the child lives, and which parent holds responsibility for daily care.
Other types of family matters associated with child custody include:
When It’s Time to Hire an Attorney
If you and your former partner can agree on a plan that suit both you and your children, that’s great. You don’t need an attorney. However, if you’re both seeking custody and can’t come to an agreement, or you’re worried about winning the arrangement you think is best for your child, you should hire an attorney. Other situations where working with an attorney make sense include when:
Why Choose Us?
While you can represent yourself, working with an attorney keeps the process moving more quickly — and often gives you a better chance to win the outcome you want for your child.
Our family law attorneys understand the nuances of Pennsylvania custody law. We regularly counsel families on sophisticated family law matters. Members of our team even served as a Divorce Master for Lehigh and Northampton County Family Court.
We also provide mediation services as an alternative to litigation. Our Mediators act as neutral, third parties to help families agree on solutions within a shorter time frame, at lower cost, and without court involvement. One of our attorneys received special training as a mediator and is court appointed to serve as one.
Our attorneys listen.
In order to gain an understanding of your needs and see if we can help, we set up a conversation. Once we can assess your situation and define the legal services and guidance you require, you have the opportunity to establish an attorney-client relationship.
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