When children are affected by legal disputes, it is almost always better for estranged spouses to work to stay out of court. Custody litigation is long and costly. Relying on the court to resolve conflicts can strain relations. If the judge rules against you or imposes what you believe to be unreasonable demands, you may have little recourse.
Since 1977, Mr. Malady has helped Delaware County parents avoid litigation and work out agreements that put the well-being of the children first.
Determining Child Custody In Pennsylvania
Many parents assume they will get primary custody if they have the better job and can provide a certain lifestyle for the child. But the court considers many other factors, including:
- Which parent has been the primary caregiver
- Each parent's home environment
- Which parent is most likely to encourage a close relationship with the other parent
The court will look at these and other factors and make its decision based on what is in the best interests of the child.
Post-Divorce Custody Issues
Custody is always subject to modification under Pennsylvania law. When the parties do not agree to modify, the court must determine if a change supports the child's best interests. Mr. Malady can protect your interests in court for challenges to modifications relating to out-of-state relocation or other custody issues.
Call me today at (610) 565-5000 to schedule a free consultation.