What is Custody?

In Pennsylvania, there are two forms of custody that pertain to your child/children: Legal Custody and Physical Custody. Legal Custody is essentially the right of one or both parents to participate in all of life’s major decisions. Physical Custody is the form of custody that deals with the logistics of who has the child/children and when.

As a subset of Family Law, Custody commonly arises when a couple separates or pursues a divorce. The Custodial arrangement that is ultimately reached will have a substantial affect on a third area of Family Law known as support.

Common terms used in custody are often confused. Shared custody, or “50/50,” is an arrangement where time is shared equally. Majority Custody means at least more than 50% for one party, while Partial Custody means less than 50% of the time for the other party. Sole custody means that no other party shall have any rights of custody.

If you have recently been divorced and you are seeking a change in your child custody arrangement, we can help. Whether you feel you don’t get enough time with your child, or you have concerns regarding the care your child receives while not in your home, we will discuss your options with you.

The Court in Pennsylvania is obligated to make a decision that is consistent with the best interests of your child/children. When the custody of your child/children is at stake, it’s important to go with the law firm in York County that knows how to get you what your kids deserve. Whether you are trying for full custody, or you are agreeing to a shared custody arrangement, we will work with you to develop a plan that fits your family’s needs.

If you are seeking sole physical and sole legal custody, you will have to prove that the other parent is not suitable to care for your child or make any legal decisions on their behalf. While this may be difficult to establish, with a qualified attorney at your side and facts to support your position, you can be successful.