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Child custody is one of the most important divorce-related issues and one that is typically very emotionally charged. As a parent, you want the best for your child and that includes continual care and nurturing. During a divorce process, you worry about what would happen if your ex got custody of your children and how their lives would be run differently as a result.

You have strong preferences about their education, sports opportunities, friends, eating habits and so forth. If you have been worrying about child custody, you don't have to any longer! We can answer any of your questions, guide you through the entire process and commit to keeping your best interests at heart while handling your case. Child custody discussions can quickly turn contentious between parents. In dealing with this matter, Pennsylvania courts will make their decisions based on what is in the best interests and welfare of the children involved.

As if January 2011, Act 112 of 2010 has been put into effect. This law states the following,

"It is public policy of this Commonwealth, when in the best interest of the child, to assure a reasonable and continuing contact of the child with both parents after a separation or dissolution of the marriage and the sharing of the rights and responsibilities of child rearing by both parents and continuing contact of the child or children with grandparents when a parent is deceased, divorced or separated.”

This law was passed with the goal of breaking down previous assumptions made by the court in custody cases, which included:

  • That a parent has a right to their children over any third party individual
  • That the child's gender created a preference between two parents (for instance, that a girl would want to remain with her mother)
  • It was assumed that one parent was a better choice to be awarded custody to, rather than adopting a co-parenting model
  • It was assumed that continual contact with both parents after a divorce, was always in a child's best interests (which is not always true)

Factors that will be considered by the court before awarding custody include the following: which parent is more likely to encourage interaction with the other parent, parental duties of each parent, the need for continuity and stability in a child's education, community life and family life (with reference to siblings and extended family), and protection for victims of domestic violence.

In cases of contested custody, each parent must submit a parental plan and allow for appointment of a guardian. Punishment for willful violation of custody is harsh in Illinois and includes: imprisonment up to six months and a fine up to $500.

If you need legal help with a child custody matter, please contact the divorce lawyer at our firm to schedule a consultation in which you may discuss your situation directly with our attorney. Our firm is a family law practice which is devoted exclusively to this field of law. Since we focus solely on family law matters such as divorce and child custody, we are extremely knowledgeable and skilled in handling all aspects and variations of these legal issues. We also focus on maintaining responsive and individualized personal contact with our clients in an effort to achieve outstanding service.

Best Interests of the Child

Courts will decide custody issues on the basis of what is in the best interests of the child or children. To do this, they will consider many factors which must be presented to the court.

Factors that often affect child custody include:

  • Who has been the primary caregiver for the child
  • The child's relationship with each parent
  • The child's preference if old enough to form an opinion
  • Financial status of each parent
  • Age and number of children
  • How to stabilize the child's school and social life

As these factors change in the years following a divorce, it may be necessary to seek a modification of child custody. If you are involved in a custody issue that requires litigation, it is important that you are represented by a capable family law attorney in Pittsburgh who is experienced with this type of litigation. Attorney Rosen is a seasoned divorce lawyer who will diligently work to achieve an optimal outcome for your case.

Contact our firm at (412) 563-5000 to schedule an initial consultation as soon as possible.

Assistance in Child Custody Disputes

In child custody battles in Pennsylvania, parents are required to attend custody education classes as well as mediation sessions before continuing to court, all in an effort to elevate the interests and welfare of the children involved before the differences of combative parents. In making a decision, the court will consider such factors as the child's preference, each parent's ability to provide for the child's physical and emotional well-being and whether either parent has a history of abusive or criminal behavior.

The court may award joint custody or sole custody to one parent, depending on what is best for the child or children. Because the issue of child custody can be divisive and difficult, we urge you to consult with our offices about your particular situation. Our firm believes that everyone deserves the chance to have their rights represented, that any situation can be ironed out peacefully, and that our children should come first. We operate according to the following principles- trust, integrity, compassion and hope.

What are you waiting for? Call a Pittsburgh divorce attorney from our firm today!