Child Custody And Visitation: Protecting Your Parental Rights
At the heart of any family law matter, is a family. I am attorney Michael E. Eisenberg, and I am sensitive to the complex emotions that are involved when determining a child custody arrangement and parenting plan. Child custody is often the most heated and contentious part of a divorce. With this in mind, my goal is to help parents devise workable custody agreements that provide the whole family with a sense of stability and peace.
To schedule a free confidential consultation with an experienced Montgomery County, PA, child custody attorney, please contact me at 267-728-4535 or 800-851-2534. Located in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, my law office serves clients throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Breaking Down Custody Into Legal Custody And Physical Custody
In Pennsylvania, child custody rights are generally divided into two categories:
- The first category, physical custody is about the party with whom the child primarily resides.
- The second category, legal custody, is about who has the authority to make decisions for the child as to thing like education, religion, medical care, and more. If legal custody is shared, both parents have the right to be present at medical appointments, parent-teacher conferences and important religious events, even if the parents are not of the same religion.
In many cases, a custody plan will include a mix of physical and legal custody responsibilities. Parents often share legal custody, requiring them to work together to make important decisions about the child’s upbringing. Physical custody may depend on things like travel schedule, living arrangements, access to school busing, and similar considerations. A parent with a smaller share of physical custody can still have and equal share of legal custody of the children. Whatever arrangement you arrive at, it is important to consider the practical and emotional aspects in advance. The details are vital, and can be the difference between a successful co-parenting arrangement and an ongoing struggle between parents and children.
If parents are unable to agree on a child custody plan, courts will consider a number of factors to determine a custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the child.
Finding Solutions And Minimizing Conflict
With more than 25 years of legal experience, I am often able to help my clients negotiate child custody agreements without the need for expensive and emotionally draining court intervention. While I explore all avenues of amicable resolution, my experience has taught me that not all parents will be able to settle their disagreements out of court. If the opposing party in your case refuses to behave reasonably, I am fully prepared to go to trial to protect your parental rights and the best interests of your children.