Child Custody and Child Support in Pennsylvania
Child custody is one of the most commonly contested issues in a divorce. Child custody and child support issues in family law cases often result in emotional and stressful proceedings. Our family law attorneys understand this and know how to effectively represent clients under these circumstances to protect your rights, and the best interests of the children.
Pennsylvania law recognizes several different custodial arrangements which parents can be awarded. These range from full custodial rights where only one parent has full-time custody of the child(ren), to split custody, and even to visitation where one parent may have supervised visits with the child(ren). We work with you and the court to determine what custodial award is in the best interests of the children while ensuring our client’s rights are protected.
Child support is another very important issue. Both parents are financially responsible for their child(ren) until they graduate high school or turn 18 years old, whichever is later. There are some circumstances where child support may be further extended. Pennsylvania has established child support guidelines which determine each parents’ share. Typically, this determines what the non-custodial parent will have to contribute to the parent spouse in terms of child support. However, each situation is unique, and there are many facts to be considered, and legal arguments that can be made.