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Family Law: Custody

 

Protecting Your Rights to Custody and Visitation

Our experienced attorneys advocate for the rights of parents, grandparents and third parties. Reaching an agreement about child custody and visitation is often an emotionally challenging process. We will explain your rights and the legal standards applicable in custody matters. We will help you understand the differences between primary custody, partial custody, shared custody and other arrangements. Our attorneys will advocate for your rights as a parent with the best interests of your child or children in mind. We also represent grandparents and other relatives or third party caregivers seeking to assert their rights under Pennsylvania law.

Empowering Our Clients to Make Informed Decisions

Our firm will guide you through the various stages of a custody proceeding, from emergency and temporary orders, conciliation conferences, pre-trial conferences and hearings. We will advocate for your interests and that of your child or children at all stages of the custody process and explain the costs and advantages of proceeding with each stage. While the decisions are ultimately yours, our attorneys will empower you with the necessary information to make informed and reasoned decisions that you believe are in the best interests of your child or children.

Providing Assistance as Your Family Changes

Our attorneys are there to advocate your interests when situations change after a Custody Order is in place. Whether you or the other parent is seeking to relocate, change jobs or your child's interests or needs have changed, we will assist you in seeking or challenging a custody modification. A change in the circumstances of one parent may also give rise to grandparents' rights or the rights of third parties. Whatever your circumstances, we will aggressively and efficiently pursue your interests in maintaining or changing the original Custody Order.

Recent Updates & Recommended Articles from the Lancaster Law Blog:

  • Top 10 Custody Myths in Lancaster County
    • When it comes to child custody, maintaining an accurate understanding of the law can be difficult, as it often varies among the counties in Pennsylvania..
  • Local Co-Parenting Success Story
    •  For the Hawkeys of Lancaster and Bankerts of York, co-parenting wasn’t always easy.  They struggled at the beginning, simply going through custody exchanges without much interaction.  But recently they realized they needed to do more for their daughter.  When a rare family dinner made their daughter so happy, they decided to do more.
  • Pet Custody in Pennsylvania
    • If you have ever had a pet, you know that almost immediately they become an integral part of your family, and are treated just like (or maybe even better!) than children.  But what happens to our four-legged kids when a marriage falls apart?  Some may find it hard to believe, but people do fight over their pets.  And unfortunately, in 49 of the 50 states, courts will refuse to step in to help.