Experienced Pennsylvania Child Custody Attorneys Working for You
Whenever custody is at issue, family courts make decisions in the children’s best interests.
When your child’s future is at stake, you need the focused attention of an experienced Philadelphia child custody attorney. The right lawyer will look out for your children’s best interests while protecting your rights.
The Philadelphia child custody attorneys at Avallone Law Associates have been handling child custody issues for clients in the Philadelphia area and the eastern fourth of Pennsylvania since 1982. We strive to resolve child custody cases as efficiently and effectively as possible, while remaining focused on protecting your rights and the best interests of your children. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced family law attorney.
What Type of Custody Arrangement Can I Expect?
There is no way to answer this question without knowing the details of your situation. Every divorce is different. Typically, one parent will be given primary physical custody of the children. A child will live with and spend the majority of his or her time with this parent.
The other parent in this scenario may be granted partial custody or visitation rights, and may or may not share “legal custody” rights with the primary custodial parent. Legal custody gives a parent the right to make medical, educational, and other major decisions for his or her child.
In some situations, parents can have sole custody, shared custody or joint legal custody. These are specific matters that can be discussed further with your attorney. You should also know that some custody arrangements can impact child support.
Can Custody Be Modified?
Yes, in two ways. You can negotiate a new custody arrangement with your former spouse or — if you can’t come to a mutual agreement — you can go to court and convince a judge that the proposed custody modification is in the best interests of the children.
A child custody order can also be modified based on concerns of a prior criminal history. A parent’s chances of obtaining or maintaining child custody could greatly be restricted if someone in the household is accused or convicted of a serious criminal offense such as:
- Drunk driving
- Drug possession
- Sex offenses
This applies to anyone in the household with a criminal history, including a boyfriend or girlfriend — even if the conviction was more than 20 years ago. Before any decisions are made, the court will conduct an evaluation of the situation to make a decision in the child’s best interests.
Bucks County Child Relocation Attorneys Address Your Legal Concerns
A subject that has recently become a hot topic in child custody matters is parent relocation. If you are seeking to relocate with your child, it is important that you seek the help of a qualified lawyer in order to prevent a violation of the current custody orders.
In Pennsylvania, the parent with primary physical custody must legally notify the other parent 60 days before he or she plans to move. The parent with partial custody has 30 days to formally object to the move through the legal system. If no legal objection is made, the other parent has the right to move. A hearing will take place, if an objection is made within 30 days. Any decisions will be made in the child’s best interests.
Contact Our Firm’s Experienced Family Law Attorneys
Contact a child custody attorney at Avallone Law Associates to schedule a free initial consultation or call 215-253-3855 and learn more about how we can help you. We will apply our years of experience and legal skills to advocate for a parenting plan in your child’s best interests. Our legal team will submit a proposed custody schedule for the court to see the type of arrangement that would be effective for both sides.