Child Custody Lehigh County

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Dutko Law, LLC, provides legal representation for family law issues in Lehigh County. Whether you live in Allentown or the surrounding areas, we can help you get the outcome you desire.

Legal proceedings involving custody can get very confusing. Nobody wants to be in a custody battle, especially one that has gotten hostile. Often, though, that’s precisely what happens in custody proceedings. A child is uniquely special to parents, and with the stakes being so high, having a disagreement over child custody in Lehigh County can be not only financially draining, but also emotionally. At Dutko Law, we understand how stressful that can be. We fight for you in the best interests of your child to ensure you aren’t separated unlawfully.

When you call Dutko Law, you’ll be given every effort in doing what is best for you. We work to keep your children in your life, find a middle ground acceptable for both parties, and when that isn’t possible, we fight to make sure you aren’t separated from your child.

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Courts in Pennsylvania have many factors to consider when determining custody of a minor child. It makes for a tricky process because custody isn’t something most parents take lightly. No parent wants to lose custody of their child. How do the courts determine who will get custody and what the arrangement will be like? Well, in Pennsylvania, they first look at what is in “the best interest of the child.” Whether the parent has cared for and supported the child is often a significant factor, often referred to as “completing the duty of the parent.” These factors aren’t only limited to care and support, they also extend to providing healthcare, food, and shelter for the child. Also, they consider which parent is more likely to encourage visitation rights for the other parent.

Additional factors often are taken into consideration by the state involving child custody in Lehigh County:

(1) The child’s sibling relationships.

(2) Based on the judgment and maturity of the child, their own preference.

(3) Which parent is more likely to provide for the needs of the child, whether educational, emotional, developmental, physical, or other special needs.

(4) How available extended family is to the child.

(5) How far they are in proximity to each party.