Serving Harrisburg and Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Are you going through a divorce or separation that involves your child? Where you married or not? Do you have a custody order or just beginning the process? Are you a grandparent or caregiver trying to understand your rights? I am dedicated to helping you answer these questions and assist you through this emotional process.
As a trusted attorney in Harrisburg, I understand how important it is for you to give your child the best possible life. Custody hearings can be emotionally draining, with each parent wanting to exercise their parental rights to the fullest extent. I want to help you receive a fair treatment in court so that you can continue having a close relationship with your child.
Your child is extremely important and you need a dedicated attorney fighting to protect your rights. Often, parents have different ideas about how custody should be divided. While avoiding a trial is usually best, even if they both feel they know what is best for their child, they may have to prove to the courts that their idea is what is in the child’s best interests. Coming to an agreement on child custody can, therefore, be one of the most challenging aspects of a custody case. But with competent legal counsel, advocating on your behalf, you can ensure that you are represented throughout the process.
Child Custody Laws in Pennsylvania
Judges and conference officers are required to consider the best interest of the child and use 16 different factors when determining child custody. These factors include: present and past abuse committed by a party, history of drug or alcohol abuse of a party, the parental duties performed by each party, the stability of the child's education, sibling relationships, the availability of extended family and the preference of the child which is based on the child's maturity and judgment.
When handling disputes, you and I will focus on both physical and legal custody. Physical custody refers to where the child will actually live. Legal custody refers to which parent will make important decisions regarding education, religion and health care. Most often, parents will arrive at a decision based on shared physical custody.
If the parents cannot agree then a judge will make a decision as to the physical custody of your child. The outcome of your case can greatly depend on the attorney you choose to represent your interests. At The Harshberger Law Firm LLC, I am knowledgeable in family law in Pennsylvania and have handled both straightforward and complex custody cases involving:
Primary physical custody: When the child lives primarily with one parent and the other parent has a lesser amount of time with the child (e.g., every other weekend or certain weekdays).
Shared physical custody (joint custody): Sometimes called joint custody, this is when the child lives with both parents for roughly an equal amount of time and most responsibilities are equally shared
Supervised custody: When a parent has the chance to visit the child in the presence of a third party (a supervisor).
With this working knowledge, I will provide objective legal advice, and explain how parental duties and circumstances affect the outcome for determining custody. I will walk you through the procedural steps involved in determining custody and the likelihood of obtaining certain outcomes. I am dedicated to your needs as you go through this emotional process.
Grandparents have custody rights and it is not uncommon for grandparents to seek custody or visitations of a minor child (a child under the age of 18). If you are a grandparent who is concerned about the health and safety of your grandchild, contact me to learn more about your legal options.
Contact the Custody Lawyer at The Harshberger Law Firm LLC
If you have questions regarding custody, please contact me at: 1-717-315-6997, to schedule a free consultation. Consultations can be scheduled to meet your convenience. I represent clients throughout central Pennsylvania from my office in Harrisburg and Lancaster PA. My office hours are 9AM to 5PM Monday through Friday, but I offer evening and weekend appointments upon request.