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.
Legal Custody vs. Physical Custody
In Pennsylvania, child custody rights are generally divided into two categories:
- Physical custody refers to the parent or third party with whom the child primarily resides.
- Legal custody refers to decision-making power regarding the medical care, religion, education and general upbringing of the child. 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.
It is possible to arrange a custody plan that involves any combination of physical and legal custody. For example, parents often share joint legal custody, while one parent has primary physical custody and the other has ample “partial custody” (formerly known as visitation). A custody plan can be as specific as the parties desire and can detail where the child spends weekends and holidays, and how the child will be transported from one parent to the other.
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.