Child Custody

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Why a Child Custody Attorney is Essential to Your Case

Have a child custody issue? Are you eligible for child support?

If you need legal representation for a family law dispute in Pennsylvania, we may be able to help. We frequently represent clients in Lehigh, Berks, and Northampton County.

Child custody proceedings can quickly go from civil to hostile very quickly, especially if two parents argue over who gets custody of their children. Your child is one of the most important things in your life. Because the stakes can be so high, having an experienced lawyer by your side can help the situation. A custody lawyer will be able to mitigate your interests and ensure that your spouse won’t try to take your child from you unlawfully.
At Dutko Law, we understand that this can be a troubling and stressful time. Your children are a significant part of your life. Let us represent you in one of the most critical court proceedings you are likely to go through.

WILL I GET CUSTODY OF MY CHILD?

 

Gaining custody of minor children is a matter that both parties feel strongly about. Though we already know that this is an emotion-fueled court process, how does the court determine a child custody arrangement? The law in Pennsylvania looks at what is in the “best interest of the child.” Courts look at many factors to determine the best interest standard. For instance, the state takes into consideration which parent is more likely to encourage visitation rights to another parent. And, which parent has completed the duty of a parent, such as care and support. Both items of “care and support” would mean general care, such as providing food, shelter, and healthcare, but could also extend to mean encouragement of their education and participation in extra activities.

The following are other factors the state takes into consideration:

(1) The availability of extended family.

(2) The child’s sibling relationships.

(3) The well-reasoned preference of the child, based on the child’s maturity and judgment.

(4) The proximity of the residences of the parties.

(5) Which party is more likely to attend to the daily physical, emotional, developmental, educational and special needs of the child.