The Pennsylvania divorce court will order child custody or child visitation to either parent. The key determining factor in child custody decisions is what is in the best interest of the child. Typically the divorce courts like to ensure reasonable and continuing contact between both parents and the child by ordering joint child custody, as long as it's in the best interest of the child.
Pennsylvania divorce courts consider many factors when awarding child custody. Major contributing factors are any issues that impact the child's overall well-being, such as the child's preference and which parent is the most likely to encourage, permit and allow frequent and continuing contact and physical access between the child and noncustodial parent. Pennsylvania divorce law also takes into account each parent's and adult household member's present and past domestic violence record.
The combinations of different types of child custody can depend on the circumstances of the divorce. A local Pennsylvania divorce attorney can discuss how child custody might be determined in your divorce. Call 877-349-1310 or fill out a Pennsylvania divorce case review to protect your relationship with your child today. If your child custody case doesn't involve a divorce, you can still connect with a local attorney who concentrates in family law for advice on how to handle your case.
The above synopsis of Pennsylvania divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Pennsylvania divorce lawyer in your area.
Pennsylvania divorce laws were last updated April 2009.
Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.