Scranton Child Custody Attorney
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Whether you wish to be your child’s primary caretaker or interested in gaining visitation rights to maintain an ongoing relationship with your child, child custody disputes are generally emotionally charged and hotly contested, especially if both parents cannot stand one another. In order to obtain the most favorable result in court, you need to hire an experienced family law attorney to protect your rights and your child’s best interests.
At the Thompson Law, we understand how emotionally overwhelming child custody cases can be for all parties involved, which is why we provide our clients with compassionate and personalized legal solutions. Our Scranton child custody lawyer has a comprehensive understanding of family court to guide you through the intricacies of the legal process. Let us help you have a continuous and loving relationship with your children.
Child Custody Laws In Pennsylvania
The family courts in Pennsylvania make decisions about child custody based on the best interests of the child. Judges prefer that both parents have continuing contact with their child; however, if one parent is seen as unfit (e.g. domestic violence, substance abuse, criminal activity, unsafe home environment, etc.), then the other parent will gain sole custody of the child.
The following are several factors the courts consider when determining the best interests of the child:
- The ability of each parent to financially provide for their child
- The parenting duties of each parent
- The distance each parent lives from one another
- The physical and mental health of each parent
- The relationships of siblings and extended family members
- The child’s wishes, if old enough
- The ability of each parent to cooperate and maintain a civil relationship
- Alcohol/drug abuse history
- Criminal history
There are two main types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody gives parents the right to make important decisions in the child’s life (e.g. medical, educational, religious, etc.), while physical custody determines which parent the child will live with and who has the right to provide everyday care.
Regarding legal custody, joint custody means both parents have the right to make important decisions about their child. On the other hand, sole legal custody means only one parent is given this right.
When it comes to physical custody, there are many types. When the child resides in two homes and spends up to 35 percent of the time with each parent, this is known as shared physical custody. When the child lives only with one parent most of the time, this is primary physical custody.
When one parent has primary custody, the other parent typically has either partial physical custody or visitation rights. Partial custody means the child lives with one parent, but stays with the other parent every other weekend or during summer/winter break from school. Visitation means the noncustodial parent (the parent who doesn’t have custody) is given a schedule to spend time with the child.
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