Child custody is likely to be a uniquely difficult matter for any parent, even more so than divorce. Although there are many decisions to be made and difficult conversations to be had, you can successfully navigate the child custody process, and Marros Law Office, LLC, is ready to help.
Who Gets Custody?
In Pennsylvania, courts are increasingly trying to keep both parents involved in their children’s lives whenever possible. Judges are ultimately required to make custody decisions in the best interests of children. And in many cases where both parents are stable and emotionally fit, maintaining contact with both parents is considered to be in the children’s best interest.
This is not to say that involvement will be equal, nor does it preclude the possibility that one parent will be granted sole custody. Ultimately, this will be decided by the facts of each case.
Negotiation Vs. Litigation
A custody agreement can be reached through negotiation or determined through litigation. Negotiating (through the process of mediation) often saves time, money and conflict while giving parents the most control over the outcome.
The custody process usually starts with a conciliation conference wherein a court-appointed hearing officer becomes familiar with the case and each parent’s wishes. The next step (if parents can agree to negotiate) is mediation. Many cases are resolved this way. But if an agreement cannot be reached, the case would then go to trial.
From Start To Finish, We Advocate For You And Your Children
At Marros Law Office, we are prepared to guide you through every step of your child custody proceedings, regardless of whether the order is reached through negotiation or litigation. We can also assist you with post-judgment modification requests, including:
- Modifications of child support
- Modifications of child custody
- Enforcement of custody and support orders
- Parental relocation matters
No matter what your needs may be, you will benefit from the knowledge and experience of our firm’s lawyer, George N. Marros.