When it comes to child custody arrangements, it’s critically important to get things right the first time. While not impossible, changing an order is much more difficult later on. A qualified Jersey Shore child custody attorney can help answer your questions and decide on the path that is most suitable for you and your family.
How does a court decide which parent gets custody?
PA courts look at many factors in determining what arrangement is in the best interest of a child. If a case goes to trial, a judge will use his or her sole discretion in deciding how the relevant factors apply.
What if there was domestic violence in my home?
Domestic violence does carry weight with the court, and it is addressed in the child custody statute. At Carpenter Harris & Flayhart, we work to ensure that domestic violence issues brought to light in any possible custody outcome.
Will I have to share custody?
Absent domestic violence and other safety issues, there is a presumption that it is best for the child to have meaningful contact with both parents. How this actually translates into real life is dependent upon the individual facts in a case.
Do I have to go to court?
The short answer is not always. A Jersey Shore child custody attorney can help you take advantage of a new law that went into effect in 2019, encouraging parents to use coordinators to negotiate custody arrangements without resorting to lengthy litigation.
Will I get or have to pay child support?
Child support is a separate issue from custody placement, decision-making rights and visitation. PA uses an income share model for awarding support. At Carpenter Harris & Flayhart, we can help you calculate the amount of child support needed and avoid common pitfalls that may influence your future. Contact our office today to begin building your case.