Our child custody lawyers at Thomas, Conrad & Conrad, are well-versed in the nuances of Pennsylvania custody law. Our family law team has years of experience representing clients in cases involving primary physical custody, visitation, legal custody, relocation, and child support. We understand that issues surrounding custody can often be challenging for everyone involved. We provide competent, compassionate legal support you can depend on. Your child’s best interest is always our top priority.
Types Of Child Custody
Legal custody grants a parent the right to make important decisions regarding a child’s education, religion, health care, and other issues surrounding their welfare. Depending on the circumstances, sole legal custody may be awarded to one parent, or both parents may have shared legal custody.
Physical custody may also be awarded to just one parent or both. Physical custody determines with whom the child resides with as well as which parent has the responsibility of taking care of the child on a daily basis.
Our team can also assist you with other family law matters associated with child custody, including:
- Temporary custody
- Creating a parenting plan
- Visitation (parenting time)
- Grandparents’ custody
- Child support
Child Custody In Pennsylvania
With an experienced lawyer by your side, a custody agreement can often be worked out in negotiations or mediation. If an agreement cannot be reached, a family court judge determines legal and physical custody.
Pennsylvania courts keep the best interest of children in mind when determining custody arrangements. Our skilled child custody attorneys are well-versed in creating effective legal strategies that achieve your desired results while keeping your child’s interests at the forefront. There are several factors that may be taken into consideration when determining custody arrangements, including:
- The mental and physical health of all parties
- How each parent attends to the daily physical, emotional, developmental, educational, and other needs of the child
- The likelihood of each parent to facilitate and encourage contact between the child and the other parent
- Each parent’s ability to maintain a nurturing, loving, and stable relationship with the child
- Stability and continuity in the child’s life
- Relationships with siblings and extended family
- The geographical location of each parent’s home
- Any history of abuse or domestic violence
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- The child’s wishes, depending on age and maturity level
- Other relevant factors
In Pennsylvania, courts aren’t permitted to consider gender in custody determinations. Regardless of gender, each parent has an equal right to custody of their child. Joint custody is usually granted when both parents are found to be competent, loving caregivers.
How Our Child Custody Lawyers Can Help
Whether you need assistance with child custody during a divorce or wish to alter an existing custody agreement, our team is well-versed in all aspects of family law. We understand that issues surrounding child custody can often be urgent. That’s why our child custody lawyers are available via mobile phone 24/7 for issues that need immediate attention.
The Cost Of Legal Representation
Depending on the specifics of the case, our attorneys handle many family law matters for a flat fee. This helps our clients save money by avoiding the often unexpected and excessive retainers and attorney fees that many lawyers charge for the same types of services.
Contact A Child Custody Lawyer Today
At Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices, our family law team is dedicated to providing top-notch legal representation and compassionate support to all our clients. Call 610-867-2900 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys at one of our offices in Allentown, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, or Topton, Pennsylvania.