Parents who are going through a divorce are often concerned about custody and visitation arrangements.
At the Harrisburg and Hershey offices of Purcell, Krug & Haller, our child custody lawyers provide dedicated legal help to parents who are going through the custody process and need assistance with these matters. We work to reach custody arrangements that best meet the needs of parents and children alike.
We are available to answer any questions who may have regarding custody and visitation. Contact our Harrisburg family law attorneys online or call 717-260-3485 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.
The Child Custody Process
When a complaint is filed, the parents and their lawyers will meet with a custody conciliator. the conciliator will attempt to help the parties resolve their disputes. If an agreement is reached, it will be submitted to the court. If an agreement is not reached, a hearing will be held, after which an order will be entered. If you disagree with the order, you can request that it be reviewed by a judge or the appellate court, depending on who presided over the initial hearing. In any case, our Hershey divorce attorneys will work closely with you so you understand what is going on at all times.
Factors Used in Custody Determinations
Many factors are involved in the determination of custody arrangements in Pennsylvania. The best interests of the child are the primary consideration of the court. The judge may consider who has been the primary caregiver or the relationship history between the parent and child. Legal custody refers to basic decision-making such as education, religion, health care and other issues. Physical custody refers to where the children live. Often, parents will share legal custody and one parent will be granted primary physical custody.
Other Custody Issues
The Harrisburg and Hershey lawyers at Purcell, Krug & Haller also handle other custody issues that may arise, including grandparents' rights, the determination of paternity and modifications of custody and support orders. It is important to note that there have been recent changes to state law as well. If a parent wishes to relocate with a child, there are now certain statutory requirements that must be met. Also, the court will take into account any past criminal convictions when making custody determinations, not just of the parties themselves, but anyone in either household. We can tell you how these new laws are likely to impact your case. For instance, the ability to relocate once a child custody order is in place is now more difficult, and requires an attorney to guide you through the process.
Call for a Free Consultation With a Dauphin County Relocation Lawyer
If you are going through a divorce or a separation and want to know how this is likely to affect the time you spend with your kids, we can help. Contact us online or call 717-260-3485 for a free initial consultation. We have offices in Harrisburg and Hershey.