Child Custody & Visitation

Philadelphia Child Custody & Visitation Lawyer

Protecting Your Parental Rights & Interests in Moorestown

Visiting your ChildChild custody is an emotionally charged aspect of any divorce or separation. Both you and your spouse will likely want to maximize your time with your children, which can make it difficult to come to an agreement on custody. When this happens, the courts must intervene. If you haven’t already done so, this is the time to seek out our dedicated family lawyer at William Kirby Law, Family Law Attorneys for the help you need. As an experienced trial lawyer, William Kirby provides a commanding presence in the courtroom as well as compassionate guidance throughout every phase and proceeding of the legal process.

Arrange for a confidential consultation about your custody case at (215) 515-9901 today. We're also pleased to offer our services in Moorestown, NJ.

How Do I File for Custody in Philadelphia?

Child custody is not as simple as determining where the child will live. Two primary types of custody will need to be established. These include:

  • Legal custody, giving the parent the right to make major decisions such as health care, religious, and educational decisions. It may be sole or shared with the spouse, with shared being the most common.
  • Physical custody, determining where the child will live. It may be shared or joint, partial, supervised, or unsupervised. This arrangement outlines how often parents and children are together and sets visitation schedules.

Under the law, what is in the child’s best interests is the ruling guideline. However, other factors are taken into account, such as siblings and their custody arrangements, history of care giving, and even the child’s preference in some cases.

How Does Supervised Visitation Work in PA?

Pennsylvania’s child visitation laws entitle non-custodial parents to visitation unless a major safety issue exists. Although no specific access or time requirements exist, judges establish visitation rights and parenting plans based on the best interests of the child, as well as the overall family situation. The state is a leader in gender-neutrality, believing that both parents should have equal access to their children. When issuing a visitation order, judges must explain the factors that affected the ruling as well as how the decision was reached, which can make it easier to appeal decisions.

Legal Counsel in Child Custody & Visitation Cases

Pennsylvania is very supportive of parents’ rights to see their children. Divorce laws in the state operate under the assumption that both parents have equal rights to the child. Still, it can be challenging to assert your rights if you are unfamiliar with child custody and visitation laws, or if you are intimidated by the court or your spouse’s lawyer. Obtaining legal counsel at William Kirby Law, Family Law Attorneys is strongly advised, especially if you have concerns about the impact visitation, or a lack of visitation, will have on your relationship with your child.

Consult with our Philadelphia child custody and visitation attorney at (215) 515-9901 or contact us online for the counsel you need.

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