Helping Your Family Discover Custody Solutions

For parents with minor-aged children who decide to split or divorce, issues related to child custody must be addressed and decided. At Deborah Zitomer Esquire, LLC, we help parents address and resolve child custody issues. In Pennsylvania, child custody decisions hinge on what is believed to be a child's best interest. When making determinations about child custody, the family law courts take 16 factors into consideration, all of which are weighted equally.

What Factors Affect Child Custody Outcomes?

The following are among the factors Pennsylvania's family law courts consider when making child custody decisions:

  • Parental duties fulfilled by each parent
  • History or allegations of domestic violence / abuse
  • The likelihood of a parent to foster a child's relationship with the other parent
  • A parent's ability to provide for a child's physical, emotional and educational needs
  • A parent's history of drug or alcohol abuse
  • A child's parental preference as measured against his or her age and maturity level

Of course, many divorcing parents have different ideas of what arrangements are in their child's best interest. To aid the court in determining the placement of your child, many cases require a child custody evaluation, which is a psychological evaluation of your family. Because so much is on the line, the custody evaluation process can be intimidating. We will answer any questions you have and guide you through the evaluation process.

Resolving Child Custody Matters

Child custody cases can be resolved in one of two ways. The first option is to resolve the dispute amicably by reaching an agreement with the other parent. Doing so may involve mediation. In reaching an amicable resolution, you may not get everything you want, but you will have more control over the resolution of your case.

Sometimes, an amicable resolution is simply not possible. In these cases, the matter has to be resolved through litigation in the courtroom. If your custody case needs to go to trial, we will work hard to find a resolution that is right for you and your child.

Child custody disputes do not always end when a divorce is finished. Sometimes, situations change and modification of the custody arrangement is required. Oftentimes, parents re-marry and must relocate out of the county or state. If you find yourself in this situation, we will explore all aspects of custody relocation law to assist you with your goals.

To learn more about your child custody case, call our family law firm at 610-879-8473 or contact us through our website.