Joint Custody and Shared Custody Matters in Pennsylvania
Child custody and parenting plan agreements are created on the basis of the “best interests of the child” standard. This standard takes into account many statutory factors, but also is based upon the belief that it is in the best interests of every child to spend time with both parents.
At the Law Office of Smith & Horwitz, our Philadelphia joint custody lawyers have extensive experience creating joint custody, or shared custody, arrangements for parents throughout the area. Contact us at 215-545-2880 to learn how we can put our experience to work for you.
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Upon divorce or separation, parents must enter into child custody and parenting time arrangements to ensure a civilized and manageable schedule that is in the best interests of their children. Pennsylvania courts are more likely to award joint custody to parents who shared equally in the raising of the child on a daily basis, as well as those parents who are willing to put aside their differences for the benefits of their children.
Joint custody arrangements can include joint physical custody and/or joint legal custody. Physical custody relates to where the child lives. Legal custody relates to the decision-making processes that must occur throughout the child’s life, including schooling, medical care and religion. When joint physical custody is not awarded, often primary physical custody will be given to one parent while the other will be awarded a liberal amount of parenting time.
Allegations of Abuse Can Limit Your Chances at Joint Custody
There are instances when joint custody will not be awarded. These instances include allegations or proof of domestic violence, child abuse, drug abuse or alcohol abuse. If you fear that your child’s other parent may attempt to use false allegations to gain more time with your child, reach out to one of our experienced family law attorneys today.
Contact a Philadelphia Child Custody Lawyer
For more than 35 years, we have kept up to date with all changes in custody and visitation legislation, and have put our experience and knowledge to use for numerous clients in creating original joint custody orders or seeking child custody modifications. Contact our family law firm today to schedule your initial consultation to learn how we can help you.