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How Do Pennsylvania Child Courts Determine Custody?

Understanding Child Custody Determination

When facing the complexities of child custody, it’s crucial to understand how Pennsylvania courts approach these sensitive matters. Any parent or custodian wants to protect their children, and having an attorney at your side can help you accomplish your goal. There are many guidelines that can influence these determinations, and having legal guidance on your side can improve the outcome of your case.

At O'Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C., we are acutely aware of the emotional and practical challenges that come with child custody cases. We stand ready to provide the Southeast Pennsylvania area with the personalized legal support they need to navigate this complex process. When you come to us for help, you can work with our attorney who will provide you with the representation you need to pursue the results you deserve.

Key Factors In Child Custody Cases

In Pennsylvania, the courts consider various factors to ensure that the child’s welfare is the focal point of any custody decision. These factors range from the child’s own wishes to the parents’ ability to provide a stable and loving environment. It is essential to recognize that no single factor determines the outcome; rather, it’s the totality of the circumstances that shapes the court’s decision.

The courts in Pennsylvania take into account a variety of factors when determining child custody. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Each parent’s ability to provide love, affection and guidance
  • The child’s adjustment to their home, school and community
  • The mental and physical health of all individuals involved
  • Any history of drug or alcohol abuse or domestic violence
  • The availability of extended family
  • The child’s sibling relationships
  • The preference of the child, depending on their age and maturity
  • Each parent’s willingness to encourage a relationship between the child and the other parent

Our goal as your legal representation is to gather all the information necessary in these cases and present them to a court so they have all the information possible to reach a fair and just decision for you and your children.

Pursue The Custody You Deserve

Understanding the intricacies of child custody laws in Pennsylvania can be daunting. It’s not just about knowing the law; it’s about effectively presenting your case to the court, and you deserve a lawyer who can help you with all of it.

If you are navigating a child custody dispute, you do not have to do it alone. We are here to offer the guidance and representation you need. Contact us by calling 610-323-2800 or emailing us here to discuss your situation, and let us help you work toward a favorable outcome for your family.